Kids Science Experiment.
This kids science experiment is one of our favourite go-to outdoor activities. Kids absolutely love Science Play and it is a great opportunity for them to pretend to be little scientists while they play and learn. Dimples tells me he wants to be a scientist when he grows up, every time we do this. It is so much fun, very interesting for them and has many learning opportunities.
How to set up a Kids Science Experiment.
Here is what you will need:
- Bicarbonate soda
- White Vinegar
- Food colouring
- Test tubes, Beacons, cups or containers, or even a ice tray. A science kit would get a good work out too. (see below for some Amazon suggestions)
- A narrow spoon
- Some paper towel.
Invitation to Experiment with Coloured Vinegar and Bicarbonate Soda.
I set up a small table out side with a tray on it. Inside the tray I had test tubes full of different vinegar coloured with food dye. The children had a cup of Bicarb soda each, and a narrow spoon, a dropper each, some empty test tubes and a paper towel each. I pictured them getting over excited and pouring a test tube straight into the cup of bicarbonate soda, using it all up in one quick fizz. So first some instructions, to make sure the play experience is long lasting and lots of fun.
Lets Play Kids Science Experiment.
I explained that they needed to use their dropper to get the coloured vinegar from the centre and put it into a empty tube. They needed to transfer the liquid using their droppers, developing fine motor control and concentration. They could use any colour or combination of colours. Then they had to carefully use their spoon and get some Bicarbonate soda to mix in to their tube and see what happens. This sometimes required them to cross the bodies midline. Then I sat back and let them go for it. They were enjoying it instantly and Miss T was screaming with delight! She hasn’t done this one before, so she was observing what Dimples was doing at first, before giving it a try herself.
The kids science experiment was going well, they tested different colours and they mixed different colour combinations. Dimples was experimenting with different amounts of vinegar and different measures of Bicarbonate soda. They tried putting the bicarb in first, and then noticed that it got trapped on the bottom of the tube. They experimented with adding more coloured vinegar after the bicarbonate soda to keep it fizzing. Dimples got two tubes and used different measures of vinegar in different colours and made them have a “race” by tipping in the bicarbonate soda at the same time. The paper towel under their experiments helped the visual effect of the eruptions, as they overflowed the test tubes and poured onto the paper towel it absorbed it and the colours mixed. Dimples hung his up to dry and said it was science art.
- By using descriptive language to express ideas and explain what they can see happening they are developing their vocabulary.
- Colour mixing theory.
- Sensory learning; This activity is great for the senses. The vinegar has a strong smell, the reaction fizzes and is visually appealing while they can also hear it fizzing and smell it. The bicarb has a smooth texture to touch and Miss T experimented with poking it in the ice tray.
- Fine motor skills. motor control & crossing the midline.
- Cause and effect concepts. If I do this, this will happen.
- Scientific inquiry: As they play they are making hypothesis and predictions, telling you their observations, they are making comparison, experimenting with their ideas and evaluating the result. This encourages scientific thought processes that enhance learning.
- Hand-Eye Coordination and Control.
- Building focus and Concentration.
Would your children love to try this kids science experiment?
I hope you found this post useful and would love for you to give it a try.
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