Holiday Science Sunday

I was scrolling through Instagram this morning when I came across Kristina Toddler Approved's post about Toddler Christmas Science and thought, I have all of these things, let's do it.

What things you ask?

  • Baking Soda
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Small Squirt Bottle (or eye dropper)

I have to say, it's been hard not pulling out the cookie dough to decorate and use all of our cute cookie cutters during the holiday season.  We have playdough but I've been waiting for an additional option and this was it - and it is quick and fun!

All you have to do is:

  1. get out a place mat, tray or even a cookie sheet
  2. mix together your vinegar and food coloring and put in eye dropper or squeeze bottle if need be
  3. put the baking soda in the cookie cutters (depending on age of child, they can help you do this)
  4. put apron on child
  5. give them the eye dropper/squeeze bottle 
  6. watch them enjoy and ask them about what they are seeing, hearing and feeling

Ours happen to be Christmas but you can do this for neutral winter festivities, Hanukkah or any other theme you want to incorporate with the children.

It is great fun and engages so many of the senses.  My 3 year old was describing all that was happening and the 17 month old was so excited to watch and listen to what was going on with the fizzing and bubbles.

What other holiday science projects do you like to do?

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