One idea that I felt my kids would really enjoy was the baking soda and vinegar project. We wouldn't make a volcano, but instead little 'fizzies' as my kids called them. The pin is in my elementary kid activities board and the link goes to this awesome blog, Playing House.
|We used medicine droppers and that nose-sucky thing the hospital gives you.|
|Ty was quite specific about placing||his little fizzies.|
|Za did lots of dumping, trying to get a bigger "fizz."|
Za played with the project longer than Ty did, but he has asked to do it again. They both enjoyed themselves though, and they spent about an hour playing with it.
Explaining the science behind it.
|I really wish I could have captured how happy they were with the fizzies.|
|Finished! So proud|
The acetic acid (that's what makes vinegar sour) reacts with sodium bicarbonate (a compound that's in baking soda) to form carbonic acid. The bubbles you see from the reaction come from the carbon dioxide escaping the solution that is left. Carbon dioxide is heavier than air, so, it flows almost like water when it overflows the container.
Yikes. I read that to them from my phone, and they just looked at me. Ty then commented that trees work with carbon dioxide and how we breathe. I'm not sure the long explanation took hold, but he did relate it to something he already knew, which is a success.
Our first attempt at ticking the pins of the Pinterest list was overall great!
What would I do differently?
1. I would have researched the concept a bit more. I am not a science person, and I think my explanation for the kids was pretty lousy. I know they are young, but when they ask 'why' I want to be able to explain it to them.
2. If I had thought ahead, I would have bought red, blue, and yellow food dye. I knew I had some dye at home, so I just used that. The kids would have loved to make new colors, and that could have been an additional science aspect to the project.
They loved the project so much that I'm sure we will do it again, and I will have the primary colors, and hopefully a bit more knowledge.
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