A fizz fun science experiment with baking soda and vinegar.
OBVIOUSLY, baking soda and vinegar is the oldest science experiment in the book. I’m not sure what book that would be, but this is definitely experiment number 1.
I know it’s not some genius idea to do this experiment but I wanted to introduce the old “baking soda + vinegar” trick to my toddler something fierce. To make things just that much more interesting, I didn’t want to go the volcano route with it. I’m not anti-volcano, my toddler just doesn’t have any frame of reference for that so I needed another vehicle for my ingredients.
Also, I wanted this to be an activity, not a 2 second “ooooh it fizzes” and he walks away type thing. That’s how I came up with a fizzy fun science experiment.
Setting up a fizzy fun science experiment.
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Remember, my goal was to make this an activity not a fizz and done sight. To do that, I put a drop of food dye in each cup of my muffin tin and then a teaspoon of baking soda over it to hide the coloring. This was probably an overkill amount of baking soda but it is what it is.
I showed my toddler the cupcake tin and he was sure we were using flour to bake something. Not quite, my toddler friend, and wait for your mind to be blown in a few seconds…
Next, I gave him a water bottle that was half full of vinegar and told him to “aim well”. The water bottle was perfect for adding a little hint of fine motor skills work in with this fizzy fun experiment.
The second the fizzing started he lost his mind. Took about 3 tins of me saying “that’s full enough” for him to get how high he could fill each slot with vinegar. The added mystery of what color would the fizz be took this activity to a bananas level.
Total activity time was about 5 minutes – so around “eternity” for a toddler. It took him a few minutes or so to squeeze his way through the dozen baking soda cupcakes and because of my excess of baking soda-ing, we stirred each tin and started the fizzy fun party all over again.
This was exactly what I was going for with my tot. It was a fun way to introduce this oldie (but a goody) without it being a quick flash in the pan. Now that he gets the whole baking soda + vinegar, I feel like this opens up a world of new activities to us.
Have you introduced the fizzy fun experiment to your toddler?