Jul 3 11
by cara
at 7:07 PM
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Fizzy Fun

I had grand plans this summer to do some really cool stuff with The Littlest Apple.  A new theme every week: knights, pirates, outer space, etc.  But then I just never had quite the energy I needed to get everything set up and planned out.

As a result, we’ve had a relatively low key unplanned summer so far.

One thing we HAVE done are some little hands on science experiments like this one.  In fact, we’ve done this one quite a few times over the last couple of weeks.  The Littlest Apple LOVES it, and I love it too because it’s quick to throw together and easy to clean up.

I put a small dollop of food coloring gel in the bottom of each glass, then put a couple tablespoons of baking soda in each glass, covering the food coloring completely.  Then I filled up another glass with vinegar, and let The Littlest Apple use a turkey baster to transfer the vinegar to the cups of baking soda.  This is what it looks like before he gets started….

He LOVED the fizzy reaction, and the cool “surprise” colors that appeared in each cup as he added the vinegar to the baking soda with the turkey baster.  This kept him busy for quite a while.

And here are some more photos of the same activity on a different day, taken with my husband’s iPhone….

He REALLY loves to make the cups overflow….(that’s why I would highly advise a tray underneath if you try this)

Does anyone have any book recommendations for simple science projects for kids?  Or any favorite science experiments you’d like the share?

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  1. Valerie De La Rosa permalink

    Love this, Cara! I have little cousins in town, and this exactly what I need to keep them occupied 😀

  2. We have The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do. It has a lot of fun experiments including that one.

  3. Kathleen permalink

    Hey there….if you can survive the sugar rush — try ice cream in the glass, add some Pop Rocks on top and cover with Sprite(or some other clear soda)! It’s the same concept of fizziness with the added bonus of Pop Rock fizzy sounds & and cool treat!

  4. Christie permalink

    SteveSpangler.com always has cool stuff, and sometimes has things that can be done with everyday materials.  I use his stuff in my classroom, and the kids have a blast.

  5. the Busy at Home Mom permalink

    What a fun idea!  I’m always looking for fun things to do with my little guys.  On an unrelated side note, I LOVE your chalkboards in the background of the picture!  Did you make them?  They’re great!

    ~K from thebusyathomemom.blogspot.com

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