tseI’ve been having fun with our oldest son (turning three in just a mere two weeks…*sobs*) conducting “science experiments” lately.  These easy but fun activities are a break from our usual routine, and have given us a lot in return – discussions about what’s happening, new vocabulary words, and plenty of time to practice skills like pouring, mixing, and stirring.

Here are two of our recent favorites:


Dancing Raisins

This one is really simple, but actually pretty fun.  All you need is a clear, carbonated beverage (we used some diet tonic water that was sitting around) and some raisins.  Have your little scientist pour the beverage into a tall, clear container.  Drop in some raisins and let “science” happen – the bubbles from the carbonation will attach themselves to the raisins, propelling the raisins to move up and down, “dancing” in the cup.  My son thought this was awesome and entertaining for a while.



Fizzy Bubbles

For this one, gather a shallow dish or pan, vinegar, baking soda and food coloring.  Pour some baking soda in the dish, add a few drops of food coloring, and then add in small amounts of vinegar and watch as the baking soda and vinegar react and make loud, fizzing bubbles.  Our son loved watching and creating the bubbles by continuing to add different amounts of baking soda and vinegar, and by mixing it all up with a spoon.  A slightly stinky science experiment, yes, but he thought it was just plain awesome.  He kept at it for a while, even while his little brother roamed around playing with his toys, which is when you know an activity is really a winner!



Snow Goo

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We still break out our Snow Goo and play with it often!  For this super easy recipe, click here.