We tried a fun science experiment this week that is extremely cheap and simple to set up! Parents can do this at home for just a few dollars, and it provides lots of fun! I filled an old egg crate with little amounts of baking soda. Then I made small bowls filled with vinegar which I colored with liquid watercolors. Then the students used the droppers to drip into the different compartments. Not only did it fizz, bubble, and make a reaction, it also provided a chance to do some color mixing.
In addition to the science skills that are being explored, the children also had to really focus and concentrate to get the vinegar into each of the different areas using hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.
The standards that are being met are:
- predict changes to matter when various substances are to be combined
- observe and conduct simple experiments that explore what will happen when substances are combined
Doing this activity on the light table just added an element of sensory input, and often will encourage a longer attention span from learners.
Everyone really enjoyed this activity, and they were extremely focused when they were working with the science materials. I’m proud of how much they have learned this year!