Boredom Busters: Weird Science

Goddess of preventing boredom, Breezy Mama Cheryl is back with more activities to keep your kiddos occupied–this time, we got some science brewing in the kitchen. . .

From Cheryl:

There are so many ways to have fun with vinegar and baking soda.  Below are three activities that will keep your kids happy and busy.

Free play with vinegar and baking soda

What You’ll Need: a tray or cookie sheet, many different containers (old apple sauce and yogurt cups, film containers, cleaned out medicine bottles), small spoons (measuring spoons work well) and medicine droppers, vinegar, baking soda and food coloring (if you have it).

What You Do: Place the different containers on the tray.  Fill an apple sauce sized cup with baking soda and a separate cup with vinegar (color it if you wish).  From this point your child can scoop the baking soda into the different containers (let them discover what happens if they do a little or a lot), then they can add the vinegar with the dropper (or a spoon can be used).  Kids have so much fun watching it bubble and explode.

Balloon Bottles

What You’ll Need: old empty water bottle, latex balloon (blow it up once and let out the air so it’s a bit “stretched”), funnel, vinegar and baking soda

What You Do: Put the balloon on the funnel and add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of baking soda (to the funnel, so it goes into the balloon). Let the kids do this; it keeps them busy for awhile.  Pour about 1/3 cup of vinegar into the empty water bottle.  Then fit the balloon over the water bottle and let the kids shake the vinegar from the water bottle into the balloon. Watch as the baking soda and vinegar react and the gas blows up the balloon. My kids love to do this over and over again.  It works best if you have a new balloon each time and rinse out the water bottle (this too will keep the kids busy).

Exploding Bags

What You’ll Need: a box of cheap zip lock bags (sandwich size), box of Kleenex, baking soda and vinegar.

What You Do: Take a piece of Kleenex and add about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in the middle.  Fold the Kleenex around the baking soda.  Add about 1/3 cup of vinegar to the bag.  Here is the tricky part.  Put the wrapped Kleenex into the bag (holding it on the side so it does not touch the vinegar) and zip the bag closed.  Once zipped, shake the bag and toss it on the ground.  The gas will grow in the bag causing the bag to get bigger and bigger until it pops.  My kids like to jump on it right before it pops.

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About Cheryl Moore: Cheryl is the co-owner and co-administrator of The Tree House Children’s Center and is the director of the Preschool programs. She has been a preschool teacher for over 20 years and holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. During those 20 years she has worked as a teacher and director in full time centers, owned and operated a family home child care center, and been the head teacher for two different Parent Cooperatives. She is passionate about working with children and their families. She believes that working together we can give the children the tools they need to build strong relationships as they grow up.

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