Go big or go home: Outdoor science bin is EPIC fun.
Hello friends and welcome to my “let’s make giant activities for the summer because they’re just more amazing” series. It’s not an actual series, but if it was: outdoor science bin would be on the list.
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But really: giant activities (like the outdoor science bin) are where it’s at.
I am obsessed with making giant activities in the summer.
I’m not sure why. Maybe because the kids have more time to play. Maybe because there’s more room out there. Maybe because I just feel like it and it’s a fantastic change of pace that hooks the kids into even more fun…
Here are some other amazing giant activities to try:
Go big or go home is kind of my summer motto.
And going big with this science bin is EXACTLY RIGHT
We love a good science bin because really, is there anything better than the ol’ baking soda and vinegar experiment? It’s just so enchanting, magical, and captivating for kids, especially when you super size it and make the vinegar colored…
And when I say this bin has life: it has life. It’s been in use in my backyard for over a week now. The kids (mine and neighbor kids from 2-8) keep coming back for more.
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Let’s talk materials:
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- Storage container or water table (I used a 28qt bin from Target)
- Baking soda or Bi-carb (I used two boxes)
- Food coloring to be fancy
- Ice cube tray
- Pipettes or other droppers (like what comes with medicine)
In your storage container OR water table (I did similar to this in our water table once – it looked like this), sprinkle in the baking soda.
Using an ice cube tray, add some squirts of food coloring and fill up the slots with vinegar. Set in the pipettes or medicine droppers and let the giant science fun begin.
Why do an activity like this with your kids?
This is a great “watering hole” activity for kids: that means it’s a multi-age, multi-kid activity that everyone can crowd around.
Alone, it’s a great calming activity to participate in and have some time with science.
Either way, this is an independent play catalyst and a way to help your child get going outside with play.
Sometimes, my kids aren’t interested in heading outside OR someone is trying to reattach their umbilical cord OR they need help finding play: that’s when I would set this up as a way to draw them outside and jump start play.
Recommended ages for this activity?
Friends: stages not ages. Whatever age your child is able to use droppers to investigate baking soda is a great age to try this activity.
For my kids, right around age 2 is when they began to fall in love with this experiment.
Don’t be in a rush to take this away!
Let your kids bounce back and forth to this activity over a few days (if possible). Add more supplies when needed, but let them have this as an outside option.
Over the last week, my kids and neighbor kids have bounced back to this activity repeatedly. It’s nice to have an outdoor science option at the ready to promote that gorgeous STEM learning.
Outdoor science bin: it’s a winner.
Whether they’re 2 or 12 – outdoor science is always going to be a winner. Set up the GIANT and EPIC activity this summer and enjoy the fun that comes with it.