Yesterday was touch ‘n go, I’m not gonna lie… no sitter… everyone’s home from camp…I checked the clock when I was pretty sure it was close to noon and it was… 8:45. But I had trained for this moment. I felt good. Strong. Prepared.
Fundamentally, I’m a middle school science student, so our day consisted of various ways to mix baking soda and vinegar. Ya know… for the bubbles. Like most of our #WednesdayPlayday activities, these take little in the way of planning or supplies.
The first step to today’s activity actually happened the night before as I was going up for bed. I had seen this post on Pinterest and threw together some baking soda, food coloring and water. I mixed this in plastic sandwich bags and set it over golf balls in small containers.
In the morning, we let our containers thaw for a minute or two and then popped out the ‘volcanoes’ onto some plastic plates. The golf ball plan was a moderately good one… it took a few more minutes before we could pry the golf balls out, but it didn’t slow anyone down. Each child had a medicine dropper and there was a bowl of vinegar on the table. As they squirted the vinegar onto their volcanoes, bubbles and more bubbles! (Oh, and maneuvering these medicine droppers counts as fine motor practice!)
Our next baking soda/ vinegar activity was a repeat of one I posted about in my first summer of blogging: exploding color bags. But… I saw a twist online to use sidewalk chalk paint. So that’s what I did.
The kids helped load up the bags with a few spoonfuls of corn starch. We added food coloring and I filled each bag 1/3ish full with vinegar. Everyone helped mix the cornstarch into the vinegar. I spooned a pile of baking soda into a paper towel and wrapped it up.
To activate the exploding bags, hold the baking soda parcel outside of the vinegar and seal the bag. Drop it into the liquid and watch and wait!
Once the bags exploded, the kids grabbed some paint brushes and… made a mess. They made a lot a lot of mess.
These activities go a long way in preserving whatever semblance of order I have around here, but more importantly, they bring all three kids together… and with ages 2 1/2 through 5, that’s not always easy!
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