You’ve got to see this fun twist on an easy toddler science experiment!
We were trapped inside on a snow day and just about to go stir crazy. We needed an easy toddler activity with a hint of excitement because I wasn’t about to turn that TV back on (you know those kind of days, right?). It was time for the most magical toddler science experiment of all.
Ok so it’s just baking soda and vinegar but it’s so much more than that. Trust me on this.
Check out the magical mystery I add to this activity!
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 – but 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 she walks away type thing. I wanted this experiment to be something extra fun.
What did I do to make this activity special?
I added a hidden ingredient that upped the wow factor for my toddler.
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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. Genius, right! She had NO IDEA there was a hidden color under each pile of baking soda, and different colors at that.
Can you imagine how surprised my daughter was?
The first thing we did was look at the set up and talk about it: What was this white stuff and what was in that squeeze container?
Not only was she blown away by the fizzing chemical reaction of the two items but she was SHOCKED at the colors!! She’d yell them out each time and giggle with excitement and pride (I couldn’t stop laughing at her calling this activity “stinky bubbles”).
You’ll never guess how long she played with this experiment for!
It took my daughter about 8 minutes to work her way through the muffin tin of colors. It was an exciting 8 minutes in her life – and it kept on going from there.
But the fun didn’t stop there!
Get ready for this cool trick to keep the activity going
After the first “pass” through the muffin tin, my daughter was itching to do more. Who wouldn’t be?! This activity is magical for toddlers. Forget the kids, it’s magical for adults to watch this chemical reaction!
She wanted was to do this activity again and the best part is – I could make her wish come true without adding any new baking soda.
All I had to do was tip the muffin tin over and let the excess vinegar run into the storage container.
See why I used one of those? Sure it keep things clean but it also helps us restart the activity. With the excess vinegar gone, it reveals the unused baking soda and the fun can begin again.
We restarted this activity 3 times!
Can you think of all the things a toddler learns with this experiment?
My daughter was learning so much here!
- Science – chemical reaction
- Cause and effect
- Grip strength to squeeze the bottle
- Hand-eye coordination
Not only did this activity get us through a good chunk of our snow day morning, but it was a riot for my daughter and so memorable. She can’t stop talking about playing “stinky bubbles” and I don’t blame her.
This is one toddler science experiment that’s just perfect!
Will you try this toddler science experiment at your house?