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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The One Where Sam Loves Science

This winter we have been searching for new and different activities to do inside.  Here are some quick and easy science ideas that have Sam's stamp of approval.

Mixing Colors

You need water, food coloring, ice cube tray, and an eye dropper

I start by filling the ice cube tray about halfway with water. I added some food coloring to the end spots (red, yellow, green, blue).  Then, Sam takes over. He uses the eye dropper to start mixing the colors into the empty or plain water spots.  This keeps him busy for close to an hour... after a lot of mixing and everything in brown, we just start again. He is already figuring out how to make different colors by mixing them. 

Colored Fizz

You need baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, eye dropper, and a baking dish

I put baking soda along the bottom of a baking dish.  Then, I fill cups with vinegar and add some food coloring.  Sam uses the eye dropper to transfer the vinegar to the baking soda and is excited to see it bubble!  

Mixing Colors AND Fizz

Or we combine the two activities.  I fill the ice cube tray with vinegar and added food coloring.  Sam mixes the colors in the ice cube tray and then mixes the colors in the baking soda to make bubbles!


You will need baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, and containers of your choice

This is just another basic baking soda + vinegar = fun, science experiment.  Sam loves seeing the reaction and gets excited that we let him pick the food coloring, and pour the vinegar into the baking soda.  

Sam loves these simple science activities and they keep him occupied for a while (you know, anything longer than 5 minutes is a win in my book).  Sam has said over and over "I love science!" I think he just likes baking soda and vinegar... but it's a start!

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