Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Days of Play: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar --- because sometimes children should be forced to clean.

Or not.

I'm sure you remember those great "make a volcano" days in middle school when you'd add baking soda to vinegar and it would bubble everywhere.

Wouldn't that be fun to do with little kids?  I mean, you'd have a gross bubbly mess everywhere.  And it would be great.

OR you can mix science and fun this way!

What you need:

  • 1 cookie sheet per child with baking soda spread all over the bottom
  • 1 old medicine dropper per child
  • 1 mini-muffin tin--fill each slot with vinegar and a few drops of food coloring
  • Newspaper for the table top
  • Slop shirt (unless you aren't opposed to getting food coloring on your kids' clothing)
What to do:
  • Put newspaper on the table
  • Put cookie sheets with baking soda on the bottom on the table
  • Put your kids in a chair
  • Ask your kids what they think will happen if you put the vinegar on the baking soda
  • Show them how to soak up vinegar into their droppers
  • Drop (one at a time) colored vinegar onto the baking soda
  • Watch and listen for the reaction
  • Review their predictions to see how well they guessed

Keep doing this until the baking soda is soaked and no longer reacting or until kids are bored.

1 comment:

  1. Fun! I've been meaning to do this forever - maybe today we'll finally make it happen. I love a good messy science-esque project. :)


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