Chook and I made fizzy playdough! We discovered it whilst making gifts for daddy’s birthday. It is a lot of fun to make and play with this stuff. What a fun activity for an older toddler!
This Fizzy Playdough activity develops:
- Fine motor skills through grating, using a spray bottle, molding the playdough with hands.
- Language development through making the playdough and then discussing what they see when the playdough reacts with the water. Use descriptive words like reaction, reacts.
- Cognitive learning – (science) chemical reactions. This activity is great for exploring with all five senses. Please use caution with some of the ingredients and carefully supervise your child.
- 1 cup of bicarbonated soda
- 1 x 75g container of citric acid
- Several drops of essence of your choice (optional)
- Small chunk of cocoa butter
- Spray bottle with water
- Measure the bicarbonated soda into a bowl. Add the entire contents of the citric acid. Add several drops of essence if using. Grate the cocoa butter over the ingredients and mix well.
- Your toddler can do this bit: While you are mixing the ingredients together, have your toddler spray a couple of spurts (set to fine mist spray) of water into the mix. The mix is ready if it looks like slightly damp sand. If too much water is added it will turn into a fizzing mess and you wont get to play with it...but it's still fun!
- When you scoop this stuff up in your hand, squash it into a ball and then flatten out on the table. The warmth from your hand softens the cocoa butter making it maleable.
- Give your toddler the spray bottle and direct them to spray lightly over the playdough. Watch what happens as the water lands on the dough...fizzy playdough! Your toddler can press and shape this stuff and spray until their little hearts are content!
You will need to make fizzy playdough fresh each time you wish to play with it, as it doesn’t keep.
Simplify this activity by using droppers or small spoons for adding the water.
Extend this activity by making it with different amounts of cocoa butter, bicarbonate soda or citric acid. Make a hypothesis (guess) about what will happen.
Other Messy Play activities include Shaving Cream Activity.