I'll be the first to admit I am a little hesitant to teach science to my children. After all, a D in High School Chemistry does not a good Science Teacher make! Nevertheless, I decided to reserach some fun age appropriate science projects for the kids and I to do together. Here's one that the kids loved, participated in, asked to do several times in one day!
Before you begin, gather your supplies and set-up your work space:
-empty baby food jar or tiny vase
-playdough (for making a mini-volcano)
-Vinegar (We used 2-3 tbsp each time we made the volcano errupt)
-Baking soda (We used 1 Tbsp per erruption)
-food coloring (optional, but does provide a wow factor)
-A tray with a lip on it to prevent spilling
What this activity is teaching:
Cause and Effect, Chemical Reactions, Fine Motor Skills (when you let them assist you)
1. Set your tray down on your work space (ours was our kitchen counter). Place the baby food jar in the middle of the tray. Mould playdough around the jar to form a little volcano (As Shown in the photo below.
2. Add the Vinegar first. I kind of guestimated how much-about half of the jar. Ask your kids what they think might happen when you add each ingredient.
3. Add several drops of food coloring (more is more and lots of color really makes it contrast and visually pop).
4. Add 1 tablespoon Baking Soda to the jar.
5. Watch it "expode"! The kids loved it! Lots of gasps and laughter! Be prepared to do it several times!