“Painting” with Vinegar and Baking Soda {Toddler Sensory Play}

Painting with Vinegar and Baking Soda

I was looking for fun sensory play activities to do with my toddler when I found a really cool idea on Growing a Jeweled Rose via Pinterest. I love Pinterest, it is jammed full of such easy and neat ideas.

I modified it a bit by using an old eye dropper instead of the spray bottles and by using food-coloring instead of watercolors but it’s essentially the same idea. Super easy set up and cleaning.

Painting with Vinegar and Baking Soda

What you need:

  • Small glass container or tub
  • A couple of small cups
  • Small eye dropper
  • Baking Soda
  • Food-colouring
  • Vinegar

The Set Up:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of a glass container or small tub
  2. Fill a couple of small cups with vinegar and food-colouring (I only had two colours but I recommend using 4+ different colours)
  3. Hand the eye dropper to your child and instruct them to drizzle vinegar onto the baking soda
  4. Watch them have fun with the bubbles and seeing the mix of the colours

Painting with Vinegar and Baking Soda

So much fun! At the end we mixed both colours by pouring the vinegar inside the container.  He played with that mixture for a while as well.

Baking soda and vinegar make excellent household cleaning solutions and they can also provide hours of entertainment for little ones.


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32 responses to ““Painting” with Vinegar and Baking Soda {Toddler Sensory Play}”

  1. Darleen Y — January 10, 2013 @ 7:38 pm (#)

    Very cool idea! I love it!

  2. Janet W. — January 11, 2013 @ 3:28 am (#)

    That looks like a lot of fun! My grandson would love to do this.

  3. Stephanie LaPlante — January 11, 2013 @ 11:10 am (#)

    That is such a cool and creative idea!

  4. Mary Beth Elderton — January 11, 2013 @ 11:55 am (#)

    Great idea!

  5. Olivia L — January 11, 2013 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    Thanks for the idea! I think my 2 year old will love it too.

  6. Mei — January 11, 2013 @ 11:06 pm (#)

    That’s an awesome idea!!

  7. Debbie Bashford — January 12, 2013 @ 3:43 am (#)

    Great idea!

  8. Heidi — January 12, 2013 @ 6:53 pm (#)

    What a fun, easy idea! I would love to do this with my toddler sons!

  9. Emily — January 13, 2013 @ 4:24 pm (#)

    We are definitely trying that tomorrow! Seems like fun & rather easy clean up.

  10. Nicole Becker — January 13, 2013 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    WOW!! I will be doing this with my granddaughter for sure. thanks for the info!!

  11. Elva Roberts — January 16, 2013 @ 12:32 pm (#)

    January 16- Thank you for this ‘playtime’ idea for ‘ little ones.’I have never seen this idea before and I love it. The supplies are usually at home and so simple to use. I will probebly put it to use at some point.

  12. pamela — January 16, 2013 @ 6:29 pm (#)

    i really like this idea , and you use things you already have at home, will pass on to my niece

  13. Nena Sinclair — January 17, 2013 @ 5:05 am (#)

    What a great idea! I’m going to pass this onto my daughter for my grandson, he would love it!

  14. Cathy Jarolin — January 18, 2013 @ 6:57 am (#)

    What a clever idea. I will have to do this with my 2 youngest Grandchildren..They would love it. Whats really nice is that it actually is a cleaning agent too.. Nice for Grandma!! Lol!

  15. serena adkins — January 19, 2013 @ 6:28 am (#)

    I am always looking for great sensory play ideas to do with my son. This sounds like a great ideas and I think we will incorporate this activity in our play time this weekend. It doesn’t sound to hard and it looks like tons of fun. Thanks for sharing Painting with vinegar and baking soda idea.

  16. tennille — January 20, 2013 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    great idea-especially since it is cheap and on hand supplies!

  17. Emilia T — January 20, 2013 @ 3:43 pm (#)

    great indoor activity, I will try this with my grandchildren

  18. Crystal Wilson — January 21, 2013 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    Tried this today with my toddler and he loved it! So simple to set-up & clean up! thanks

  19. Kathleen — January 22, 2013 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    Great idea – I love how it uses ingredients from around the house.

  20. Adria — February 13, 2013 @ 6:09 am (#)

    Cool idea! I love when science is mixed in to toddler play! I will be trying this out today with my toddler!

  21. Elva Roberts — March 6, 2013 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    March 6-This is a wonderful play time activity for a toddler. I will tell my daughter about it as she babysits her grandson who has been likened to a “mini tornado.’- This will give them both some quiet time.–Thank you for this idea.

  22. S — March 15, 2013 @ 4:19 pm (#)

    Sounds fun!

  23. Heather Diotte — March 22, 2013 @ 6:31 am (#)

    Loving the eco-friendly activities that will not harm anyone at all! This would be sure to keep the little one’s entertained for hours on end! Thank you! 🙂

  24. Michelle Chow — April 10, 2013 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    Hello, OSM. I have not seen or heard of this before. As a subscriber of “Growing a Jeweled Rose’s” e-mails I am sent new craft ideas almost everyday. Crafts with young ones are so much fun and it is nice when they can be done on the cheap with easy clean-up, too. Bonus and bonus. Thank you for this post, One Smiley Monkey.

  25. Robin Wilson — April 20, 2013 @ 10:13 am (#)

    I love this idea! I can imagine the little ones having a great time on the picnic table outside with this activity!!

  26. Rachel N — May 18, 2013 @ 9:18 am (#)

    I need to try this with my 3 year old. I bet he would love it!

  27. Vesper — July 10, 2013 @ 8:08 am (#)

    Looks fun and messy

  28. Mer — July 13, 2013 @ 9:59 am (#)

    Very easy and fun! I love when I can make activities out of stuff in the pantry.

  29. kathy+downey — December 6, 2014 @ 7:11 am (#)

    Very cool idea!

  30. kathy downey — January 16, 2015 @ 3:24 am (#)

    Awe,what a fun idea

  31. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    A great idea, children would love doing this, watching the bubbles and the colours mixing.

  32. Elizabeth Matthiesen — April 25, 2016 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    In fact I passed this on to my daughter and she did it with her children, they loved it so thanks so much for this post, 🙂

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