I love simple science experiments for kids. We use the Mother Goose Time curriculum for preschool and the other day one of the activities was this fun experiment where you inflate a balloon with baking soda and vinegar. Goose loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you for your little ones.
The science behind it is that the vinegar and baking soda react and produce carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide inflates the balloon.
- Plastic water bottle
- Baking Soda
- Food coloring (optional)
Step 1: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to a plastic water bottle.
Step 2: Use a funnel to add 1 TBSP baking soda inside the balloon.
Step 3: Carefully attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle, taking care not to spill any baking soda into the bottle.
Step 4: Lift up the balloon so the baking soda falls into the bottle.
Step 5: Watch the balloon inflate as carbon dioxide is produced in the bottle.
Goose was absolutely amazed with this science experiment.
The second time around we added food coloring to the vinegar. This made for some pretty purple bubbling action.
It’s super easy to inflate a balloon with baking soda and vinegar and it’s also a lot of fun for kids.
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When we moved into our new house last year, our backyard was nothing but a giant dirt lot. I’m very happy to announce that Operation No More Dirt Backyard is complete! And Goose’s favorite thing, besides the swimming pool, is all of the flowers that border the fence. There are red flowers and purple and white and pink and yellow and orange and she loves them all! She has become quite the little gardener, planting her own raspberry and strawberry plants and watering them regularly. I decided to bring her love of Spring flowers indoors with this playdough garden sensory activity.
- Plastic bin
- Kool-Aid playdough
- Fake flowers (although real ones would be a lot of fun too)
- Dried lima beans
- Foam insect stickers
- Mini carrot ornaments
You can find all of the items for this activity at the Dollar Tree. Aren’t these little carrots SO adorable?! They had little strings attached for hanging but I cut them off.
The first thing she did was ask me if she could put a foam insect sticker on the playdough. I’m not sure why she thought she had to ask other than foam stickers and playdough is a new combo for her.
She was super excited that there were “seeds” for her to plant in her playdough garden. What’s funny is that initially the only reason I included the dried lima beans was to fill space in the bin. I had intended to double the batch of green playdough but forgot so it didn’t quite fill up the bottom of the bin. She is more creative than I am in so many ways.
We’ve had this bin sitting out for over a week. Goose gets the playdough out of the fridge every once in a while and plays with her now very messy garden. A note about the flowers…the stems were long when I bought them so I took a pair of wire cutters and trimmed them so they’d stand up in the playdough. If you keep the stems long, they’ll fall right over.
What Spring themed activities have you been working on?
We recently got the Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets and Goose loves it! It has amazing pictures and large fold-out pages. Since we’ve been looking through it quite a bit, she’s been asking for space “pages” to work on so I put together this Space Printable Pack with some of her favorite activities. Our preschool theme in March was Pond Life and this month is Birds & Eggs but we still enjoy miscellaneous printables and activities that don’t necessarily tie in with our preschool themes. We just try to do whatever Goose thinks is fun.
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Inside this printable pack you will find:
- Shape Tracing
- Image Matching
- Pattern Practice
- 1 Mini Counting Book with Number Tracing
- Color by Size
- Coloring Pages with Letter Tracing
- Cutting & Tracing Lines
- Dice & Graphing Game
- Do A Dot Marker pages
- Find the Letter Do A Dot Marker pages
- 9-Piece Puzzles
And just a reminder that you can reuse many of these pages over and over again. Laminate them or place in plastic sheet protectors and use dry erase markers. We use the sheet protectors a lot.
Do you have any fun space themed activities for preschoolers? If you do, I’d love for you to link up in the comments!