Have some Halloween fun with pumpkin fizz.
Who doesn’t love some cheap seasonal entertainment for toddlers? I know I am not the only one. I love doing a few seasonal / holiday themed activities with my kids especially now that my 3 year old is getting older and remembering holidays from the past.
This simple Pumpkin Fizz activity has been a Halloween WIN for us and I’m so excited to share it with you all.
Making a Pumpkin Fizz bin takes seconds!
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- Mini plastic pumpkins (I found mine at Target; here’s a similar pack from Amazon)
- Baking soda
- Squeeze bottles
- Black food coloring
- Orange food coloring
- Storage container
Setting up this activity took just a minute. I loaded each mini pumpkin with about 1/4 cup of baking soda (about half full). In the squeeze bottles, I used black and orange food coloring to dye the vinegar festive Halloween colors. I put all this in my under the bed storage container to keep the mess in a nice, tidy area.
My toddlers thought this was amazing!
The baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction is practically magic to toddlers. Even though my son (3) has played with this reaction before, he loves it more and more each time.
For my 20 month old daughter, on the other hand, this was brand new to her and she loved it. She couldn’t quite get the aim down to fill pumpkin cups on her own, but I wasn’t surprised that she just sat nicely next to brother and watched the fun. It’s magic watching these cups fizz and she wasn’t about to miss it!
Restart this activity for more playing time!
Once your toddler has gone down the line and has made a fizzy trail behind them, the fun isn’t over! Just dump out the vinegar from each pumpkin and have them start the fizzy play all over again.
The baking soda reacts in layers so by pouring off the top layer of vinegar, you “open up” the next layer of baking soda just waiting to be played with.
What learning is happening in this activity?
So much learning is going on in this simple science activity. Here’s what my toddlers are learning:
- Cause and effect
- Basic chemistry
- Hand eye coordination
- Grip strength
This activity might seem simple (and fun) but it packs a whole lot of learning!
I hope you’ll try our Pumpkin Fizz activity this Halloween. I just know your toddlers are going to love it as much as mine did!