Sometimes it is the simple things that keep them entertained (and learning) the longest. (Try using the colander and pipe cleaners for toddlers.)
This week we had fun exploring simple chemical reactions. You guessed it, this momma brought out the vinegar and baking soda! (For more simple kitchen science, try making Oobleck.)
Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment
To contain the mess I sprinkled the baking soda in a cake pan first. I let the kids touch it and play with it a bit before I brought out the second ingredient.
Then I brought out small container of vinegar. I didn’t tell them right away what it was. Instead I let them smell it; I loved my son’s wrinkled nose reaction!
They had fun watching the bubbles that happened with each new drop from their eye droppers.
Once all the baking soda had been thoroughly soaked in vinegar I cleaned up the pan and we tried the same thing with flour and sugar. (They REALLY liked touching, and tasting, the sugar….) Of course, there was no bubbling with either of these.
By adding different food coloring to separate containers of vinegar, they were able to not only watch the bubbles, but also see what happened as different colors mixed together.
It was fun to hear my youngest ask to do it “Again!” over and over.
I will say that after each pan, my daughter was very hands on. (Read that as hands in the goop…) I’m pretty sure I know which experiment we are going to try this week…something hands on and messy!
You’ll also like these kids science experiments:
- Make a Rubber Egg
- Ivory Soap Explosion
- Melt the Frozen Heart — Perfect for Valentine’s Day and Frozen Fans