It’s always been a bit surprising to me that our bubble bath toy car wash is by far — by far — the most popular indoor kid activity on this blog. It’s so simple, right? Yet, oh-so-effective at keeping my boys occupied and out of my hair for a spell.
Today I’m sharing a twist on our activity: an exploding car wash using baking soda and vinegar.
So it doesn’t actually explode. But when I told my boys we were making an exploding car wash it sure got their attention.
The plan is simple: Your kids select some toy vehicles (or animals, or tiny people – whatever!). Dump baking soda in a tray or bucket. We went ahead and poured in the entire box (we like to live on the edge). Make sure you let your kids play around with the plain soda for a while — no need to rush things, after all, you’ve got an entire day to fill.
My boys pretended it was snow and enjoyed making tracks.
When their attention starts to wander, it’s time for the vinegar. (Make sure to buy the gallon size!) You can either pour it from a measuring cup or straight from the jug.
There will be fizzzing. And sizzing. And bubbles. And overflowing (do not forget the towel). And “whoa-ing.”
Feel free to pour in more soda and vinegar once the bubbles subside, but the soggy left-over soda in the tray also provides some good sensory entertainment.
We did this inside. Long time readers (you are the best) know I’m not afraid of making a mess, but if you have a porch or yard, more power to you: take it outside.
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