Inside: Looking for a little science experiment with toddlers? Check out this bubble droppers science activity.
What else are you supposed to do with old medicine droppers?
“Oh it’s just baking soda and vinegar.” Um, no – it is not JUST baking soda and vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar is a one-and-done experiment. This is an activity. A full blown activity that will help you make it to nap time: meet Bubble Droppers.
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Bust out your science!
Yes, this is an age old, timeless, been around forever experiment. But it’s all new to our little ones so let’s make this an experiment to remember.
Anytime you are doing a science experiment with a toddler or preschooler – bust out the scientific method. Yes, that thing you haven’t thought about since high school? You can actually start it with little ones.
Yep, we’re going all science-y on this
The scientific method doesn’t need to be this complicated, for high schoolers and science majors only thing. It can be adapted to our kids.
- State the question: What will happen when vinegar and baking soda meet?
- Look over the supplies: Here’s what we will use for this experiment.
- Make a prediction: What do YOU think will happen?
- Conclusion – at the end: What happened when vinegar touched baking soda? What did you notice?
We just turned up the learning on this easy activity! Here’s how to make it even more…
It’s all about the medicine dropper (really a syringe but Syringe Bubbles just did not have the same ring to it). Those droppers are easy to use, fun to play with, and they squirt out the perfect amount of vinegar.
Here’s what we do –
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Set the casserole dish inside the storage tub. This is going to be a little messy and the tub is your best friend for containing this mess.
Sprinkle a good amount – think half of box – of baking soda into the pan.
Next, fill some jars or bowls with half vinegar, half water (did you know you DON’T have to use straight vinegar? A half and half mixture will work too!).
I like to add a little food coloring because I’m a fancy person like that.
Don’t forget to show your kids how to use the medicine droppers – they take a little practice.
Let the playing / experimenting begin
My kids take this activity really seriously. They are doing some hard core scientific research and they really go to town.
There is a lot of color mixing happening.
Bubble exploring happening.
A lot of “I wonder what will happen….” being said and you know that is music to a former teacher’s ears.
Here’s the secret to keep the party going
There’s a little trick to keeping this activity alive – dump the vinegar.
Carefully lift the dish of baking soda and dump out the excess vinegar into the storage tub. The baking soda you can now see will be ready to play with yet again.
Keep repeating this tip-and-dump process, and this activity will last forever. 34 minutes to be exact in my house.
Bubble Droppers in a fan favorite around here – and it’s so much more than just baking soda and vinegar. This is a real activity that holds my kids’ attention something fierce.
When will you set up bubble droppers?