Friday, February 8, 2013

My Little Mad Scientist: A Toddler Project for a Rainy Day!

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Yesterday was rainy in Kansas City and Grace was bored. So while Connor was napping, I pulled up Pinterest and checked out my pins to find an activity that would hopefully keep her busy. I eventually came across this one and decided it was worth a try!

You will need vinegar, baking soda, paper cups, and a dropper for this project. Food coloring is a fun addition, but it is not necessary.

Put the baking soda in a shallow dish, I used an 8x8 glass casserole dish. Put vinegar into the paper cups and dye it with food coloring if you would like. Show your toddler how to drop the vinegar into the baking soda and let her go to town!

Vinegar and baking soda activity

After about 15 minutes of dropping vinegar into it, Grace discovered that playing with the wet baking soda was a lot of fun too.

 Then she figured out that by dropping baking soda in the cups, she could make a volcano!

She played with this activity for an hour. An entire hour! Grace has a very short attention span so it was amazing to me that she kept at it for so long.. Connor woke up about half way through and enjoyed watching her play.

She threw a huge tantrum when it was time to clean up because she was having such a great time. I'm pretty sure we will be doing this again soon. It was a little messy but was very easy to clean up! I love that it is completely safe for her to touch. And yes, she did try to eat it a couple of times, but she didn't like the taste of the vinegar so she would spit it right back out. I highly recommend doing this with your toddler!

Do you have any recommendations for activities like this one? I'd love some new ideas!  

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