Recently, I’ve been trying to simply the activities that I present to J, and stick with the tried and true ones. One of those activities is the good ol’ baking soda and vinegar experiment.
I’ve done this several times in my years working in a preschool, but I haven’t really introduced it to J. The best way I’ve done this is to fill a baking pan with Baking Soda
and a squirt bottle with Vinegar
. It lasts so much longer doing it this way than in cups or smaller containers. We played with this tray for almost half an hour before we it stopped foaming.
I added a bit of food coloring to add to the visual experience of this experiment.
Being a big fan of squirt bottles, J was very interested in the set up. He sprayed without the color first, and then I added a few drops to the baking soda.
I then took a step back and let J experiment. He added color and sprayed away. He giggled each time the baking soda fizzled and foamed. It was a hit!
It turned out to be really colorful and he had a blast with it. He has asked me several time since to “make science”.
I LOVE simple and quick activities like this!