Get ready for Independence day with 4th of July science play! We have had great success with baking soda and vinegar activities! I saw a great post from Play Trains (here) using train shaped cookie cutters. We had 4th of July themed cookie cutters! Set up a simple, toddler or preschool science experiment with a 4th of July theme! This simple activity is fun anytime of the year for Halloween, Christmas, or Valentines Day too!
Bubbly 4th of July Science using Baking Soda!
Set up your 4th of July science play by placing cookie cutters on a cookie sheet. We stock up at the dollar store! Fill the cookie cutters with baking soda. Add food coloring to vinegar. Place out a spoon or eye dropper.
Someone is excited to get started on his 4th of July science activity. If this is your first time, you are in for a treat. The reaction is priceless. Demonstrate how an eye dropper works if necessary and allow your child to explore this neat chemical reaction any way he likes! Ask questions about what he sees, hears, smells, and even feels! You can feel the fizzy bubbles that are released!
We actually talked about chemical reactions and he kept saying “look a chemical action mommy”! So excited to hear that from him. He noticed the blue and red colors mixed to make purple (sort of anyway). It was hard to resist, so I played a little bit too. Of course, this makes him even happier! He also used the tablespoon scoop to pour the vinegar on and really get it to fizz.
Great fine motor practice with the eye dropper too
When we were all finished we lifted the cookie cutters up. They kept their shapes for a moment and then started to melt away. He dumped the rest of the liquid onto the tray and we mixed it all up together with our fingers for lots of fizzing and cool swirls!
Very successful 4th of July science sensory play today!
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