An oldie but goodie, science experiment! This is a fascinating activity that any tiny tot would love. There are a ton of things happening - from learning about cause and effect, an introduction to science experiments, sensory play, motor skills practice, color recognition, not to mention messy fun...the list can go on and on.
This activity gives tots the opportunity to conduct the experiment on their own, and you can support with minimal direction and give them the space to observe and explore. As they get older they can get more involved with this activity by making the baking soda molds themselves to mixing the vinegar solution and eventually introducing the discussion of why this reaction happens. Ultimately this experiment will take on a new purpose each time you set up this activity, as your tot gets older. Check out the details below, to try this at home.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Sensory Activity
PREPARING THE BAKING SODA
- baking soda
- silicon baking/ice tray or muffin tin (optional)
1. In a bowl, mix baking soda and water a few tablespoons at a time, until you get a crumbly but moldable paste.
2. Spoon the mix into a silicon tray or muffin tin and let freeze at least 3 hours (or until you are ready to start activity.)
NOTE: Alternatively you can skip all of this and just simply drop spoonfuls of baking soda into the vinegar solution (below).
PREPARING THE VINEGAR
- glass containers
- liquid watercolor or food coloring
- dish soap
- glitter (optional)
1. Fill your glass container 1/2 - 3/4 full of vinegar.
2. Color the vinegar with a few drops of coloring.
3. Add some glitter for pizzazz.
4. Squeeze in a generous amount of dish soap and stir.
Have your Tot drop in the baking soda molded shapes and watch the magic happen. Ooohhh and Ahhh with your tiny tot as they observe and are fascinated about this new unexpected reaction, they will want to play in the sudsy sparkly bubbles and create a beautiful mess...ENJOY!!!!