Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fun with Baking Soda and Vinegar

I typically use Wednesdays as "field trip" days or just general fun excursions with the kids. I was in a bit of a funk today, so the five of us stayed in our pajamas all day. In an effort to break up the day, I let the kids mix baking soda and vinegar.

The set up was simple. 
Four plastic cups with colored vinegar.
Miscellaneous utensils (medicine dropper, measuring spoons, straw)
Two pans covered with a thin layer of baking soda

We were able to conduct our science explorations outside in between randomly intense storms. I made sure to engage them in their senses, though I was very clear that they should not put anything in their mouth. We've done enough experiments that they're very good about following directions. I entered teacher mode by asking things like:

  • What do you think is in the pan? 
  • What color is it?
  • Is it soft or rough?
  • What might be in the cup?
  • Does it smell?
  • What do you think will happen if we mix the blue and yellow?

I saved enough baking soda and vinegar to let each of the kids pour some in a vase so the mixture could bubble over on them. It was fun to see their reactions.

As much as I love taking the kids places, sometimes it's more fun to hang around the house in pajamas and build towers, color, read, and conduct experiments. We enjoyed our simple explorations today.

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