Baking Soda and Vinegar are by far the BEST two ingredients you can have on stock for setting up some fun science explorations. This Rainbow Fizzing Tray is EASY set up and clean-up and can keep your little ones busy for quite a while. The tots in my classes kept wanting to do this one OVER and OVER! And an added benefit: it makes beautiful designs! Science and Art all in one!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Small tray/plate or cookie sheet
- Baking Soda
- Food coloring (We use liquid watercolors)
- 3-6 empty cups (or an ice cube tray)
Add enough baking soda to your tray to cover the bottom.
Pour vinegar in your cups and add food coloring to create your desired colors. We used the six rainbow colors but even just the 3 primary colors will yield some beautiful results and can be a lesson on color mixing. You can also use an ice cube tray.
Hand your child the tray and a dropper and let them add the colors to the tray and experience the fun rainbow fizzing and eruptions!
Drips and fizzing and bubbles and colors!
Perfect for toddlers as well as preschoolers.
How pretty are some of the designs the tots created?
The Science Behind the Activity:
I love activities like this because they are open ended and require no instructions for kids. The baking soda and vinegar react in a classic acid/base reaction to release carbon dioxide gas which is responsible for the fun eruptions and bubbles. Using droppers helps strengthen those little fingers in preparation for writing as well as developing fine motor skills. Mixing different colors is a lesson in color mixing and experimentation. Just SO MUCH learning to be had from a simple little tray.
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