This post was contributed by Sarah of Little Bins For Little Hands.
Simple Valentine’s Day Science for Kids
Preschool science can be so much fun and so exciting for little ones. We have really taken to baking soda and vinegar science experiments for their visual appeal. If you have a child who is particularly visually stimulated, as my child is, this is a cool way to show what a chemical reaction is and keep their attention at the same time! You can experiment with baking soda and vinegar in super simple ways, and I bet you have both in your pantry right now! Add some food coloring and it is even more fun! For the holidays, we have been using our cookie cutters to make our science fun more festive! Of course, this time we chose our heart-shaped cookie cutters for some Valentine Fun. Use any cookie cutters, use a muffin tin, or simple fill a baking dish with baking soda. This is a must try science experiment!
Fizzy Hearts Science Experiment for Kids – The Setup
So easy! I start with a dollar store cookie sheet to trap the mess! I simply have him place the cookie cutters on the sheet and then give him a spoon to fill each cookie cutter with baking soda. You certainly could do this ahead of time and leave it out as an invitation to play. Since Liam is growing up, I like to try to have him help with the process. It makes the activity last a bit longer and involves him in the discussion process of the science experiment a bit more. This also helps with fine motor development and practical life skills. I chose to sprinkle some glitter on top for a little sparkle! Place a bowl of colored vinegar nearby and add an eye dropper for experimenting. Our simple fizzy hearts science experiment is now ready to play and observe.
Fizzy Hearts Science for Kids – Experimenting & Observing
Have your child fill the eye dropper with vinegar and squeeze it on a heart. Take a look! What’s happening? What do you hear? What do you see? The baking soda and vinegar together make a chemical reaction that you can see, hear, feel, and even smell (vinegar)! My son is still a little to young to get into the exact science but we talk about our observations and what we are experiencing and we enjoy this visual stimulation and hands-on science fun. We hear the fizzing, and we can feel the bubbles popping! We can see the bubbly fizzy foam that happens, and yes, there is a smell to the vinegar (we don’t mind)! We are engaging our senses. So our science experiment doubles as sensory play, too! No one has tried to eat it so we will stick with just 4 of the 5 senses for this fizzy science experiment!
After we had fun making all the hearts fizz, I decided to pull out a quick little foaming, fizzing, and bubbling volcano activity. I simply put a small plastic container in the center of the cookie sheet. I added a little warm water, a little squirt of dish soap, and a spoonful of baking soda. He was excited to see the eruption so we poured some vinegar on top and voila! A mini glittery pink volcano.
We played and erupted more volcanoes for quite a while and made quite a big mess though it thankfully was contained by the cookie sheet! If your kids don’t mind the mess on their hands let them dig in at the end and feel the baking soda mixture and play with it! Liam is a bit squeamish yet about those kinds of things! This is great sensory science for kids of all ages and pretty entertaining for adults too! Happy experimenting with fizzy science!