You’ve got to make a science table.
Ready to give baking soda and vinegar a huge upgrade? Oh and breathe some new life into your sand or water table at the same time? YEP. You’ve got to make a science table.
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What is a science table?
That’s just my fancy way of saying: we did science in our sand table.
I love our sand table – don’t get me wrong – but we rarely use it for sand.
Sometimes, it’s a dirt table.
Sometimes, it’s an animal small world table.
Sometimes, it’s an ice table.
Whatever we use in our “sand” table is always a hit.
Getting the most out of baking soda and vinegar
This is THE standard kid science experiment – it is the classic among classics.
But I remember as a kid feeling like it was a bit of a let-down: one and done, and over so fast.
I just wanted more from it.
And the science table gives me ALL THE MORE I could ever want…
Here’s how I set up the science table
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- Baking soda (bi-carb)
- White Vinegar
- Food coloring to make it fancy
- Squirt bottles or squeeze bottles
- Sand table or water table or sensory bin even! [sadly the sand table we have in these photos is no longer available on Amazon from Step2]
I sprinkled about half the box of baking soda into my sand/science table.
In the squirt bottles, I filled them HALF with water and HALF with vinegar – then a few squirts of food coloring to make things more fun.
Did you know that secret about this experiment?
You don’t have to use PURE vinegar – you can cut it with water and it’ll still work PLUS you’ll have more vinegar to play with.
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Time to get this science table started!
I gave each of the kids a squirt bottle with half vinegar, half water, food coloring, and told them to HAVE AT IT.
It was time to get this science table going!
They LOVED the giant scale of this activity – it was so much fun to watch them (ages 4 and 2.5).
I decided to use blue and yellow food coloring so that when it mixed together, we had a lovely green experiment on our hands.
What happens when it stops fizzing?
There’s another trick to this activity.
You can dump out the liquid from the table to reveal more baking soda to start the experiment and the fun again.
TIP: Make sure to DUMP onto the dirt as baking soda and vinegar may cause grass to die.
This really was a fantastic outdoor activity
I love our sand table.
I love turning it into a science table.
I just know you will too.
When will you make a science table for your littles?