Toddler Science Project

Somehow we all survived the holidays. What a whirlwind! I like to ease into Christmas…you know, decorate the house while listening to Christmas music, gradually order gifts online to avoid all the crazies in the stores and black Friday madness, and maybe find a festive new holiday beverage to sip on in the meantime. But suddenly it hits me that there are only a few more shopping days before Christmas and I have a long list of gifts left to purchase. And wrap. And suddenly my sweet, peaceful little Christmas bliss turns into a scramble to get last minute gifts, wrap everything, sort things according to which holiday gathering they need to go to, etc. Once all those details are ironed out and the big day finally arrives it feels like we’re dashing around trying to divide time between both our families. It’s all so much fun but so exhausting! Then of course you have to package it all up and put it away for next year. I finally feel like I can catch my breath and relax a little. Or so I thought. We drug home all the Christmas loot the kids got and I started looking around our house like…where in the world are we going to store all these new mondo toys? Good grief. So after some much needed toy organization/recycling I’m feeling really good about things and ready to take it easy while the kids entertain themselves with all the fabulous stuff from Santa, right? Wrong again! I swear these guys played with their new toys for maybe a week and are right back to wanting me to entertain them. Dang! (Note to self: tell Santa to bring fewer gifts next year since they don’t appreciate them anyway.) So, with the kids already over the excitement of new toys and looking for something else to do, I put this little “science experiment” together for them.  They loved it so much that Hayes actually cried when it was time to clean it all up! This project is an oldie but goody.

You’ll need:

  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • food coloring (optional)
  • squeeze bottle
  • large pan

Fill a large pan with baking soda. It doesn’t have to be very deep. Fill the squeeze bottle with vinegar. Add a few drops of food coloring to the vinegar if you want to give them some color to play with. We initially tried this experiment with droppers but my almost 2 year old wasn’t coordinated enough to suck the vinegar up with a dropper and just got frustrated and suuuuper messy. The 3 year old did great with a dropper. Then I found a 2 pack  of squeeze bottles at the dollar store and they work perfectly for this, much less messy than the droppers. Sit them down in front of the pan of baking soda, hand them their squeeze bottles and let them at it! They get soooo excited to see the bubbles fizzing up in the baking soda. It’ s a ton of fun. It may not keep them occupied for very long, but I guarantee they will love it and be begging to do it again. And again.

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