Simple Science - Chemical Reactions for Preschoolers

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If your kids are anything like mine, they love bubbles. Bubbles outdoors, bubbles in a bath, Bubble Guppies... You get the point. I knew my twins would enjoy this simple science experiment where they could combine vinegar and baking soda to make foam and BUBBLES! We have done Baking Soda Experiments before and they have always been a hit. Bonus: I already had all the items needed and I bet you do too. Let's have some fun with Chemical Reactions for Preschoolers.



Supplies you will need:
*Please supervise your child during this activity.


The kids scooped a tablespoon of baking soda into a clear glass.  I would recommend a larger glass for this so you have more room for bubbles and fizzing.  Here is A dropping baking soda into her glass. I love that you can see the little cloud of dust above the glass.  See that look on her face?  That is the last time you will see my kids not smiling during this activity.


See?  Here come the smiles. "A" just dumped a tablespoon of vinegar in her glass with the baking soda and was delighted to see the reaction that occurred.  Before she added the vinegar, I asked he what she thought might happen and she said "let's see."


B was positively giddy as the vinegar combined with the baking soda.  The girls kept pouring the vinegar in tablespoon by tablespoon until I suggested we could see what happens if we pour a lot of vinegar in at  once.  "A" guessed that it would make "big bubbles."


You can see the results!  We had a bit of an overflow.  But the smiles continued.


Where did the bubbles go?


My kids aren't old enough yet to understand the science behind this chemical reaction, but it sure made an impression on them.  We all enjoyed this simple science activity.  The kids loved the foam and bubbles, and I loved their reactions. I know this will be a big hit with your little one as well.  

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15 comments:

  1. That is SO fun! What a look of delight! I think bubbles still charm even adults. I like to blow bubbles outdoors in the winter, when we have really cold temps. The bubbles freeze and then pop very slowly. :-)

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  2. Hello Vicky,
    This simple activity looks like so much fun, thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

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  3. Vinegar and bicarb are such a winning combination.

    A while ago, we made a fantastic lava lamp mock up with them. We put coloured vinegar (food colouring) in the bottom of a (large jam-jar sized) clean jar, and topped it with vegetable oil - about half and half oil and vinegar. Your large glass would probably work for this too. Then we dropped in spoonfuls of bicarb. It was spectacular! and gorgeous. The bubbles rise up through the oil, taking the coloured vinegar with them, then they release the CO2 at the top and the coloured blobs sink back down again. One day I will blog it ;).

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  4. we did this one when my kids were littler too and put a balloon over the top of a water bottle that we did the mixing it - surprise!

    how fun!

    www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  5. Vinegar and baking soda is just always awesome. What a fun project to do with little ones.

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  6. Definitely need to remember to bring in more fun :)

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  7. I love your girls' expressions! Priceless!

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  8. How fun!!! I don't know any kid who doesn't like bubbles :) I need to do this with my little one soon.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  9. So fun!! My boys are older but I bet they would still love doing this! :) I agree - your girls are adorable too! :) Have a great weekend!

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  10. AWESOME idea! I will be trying this with my kids tomorrow!
    Thanks for sharing
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

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  11. we had so much fun with baking soda & vinegar last week - we added food coloring and boy was it a hit! thanks for sharing on the sunday showcase

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  12. How fun! My girls are 2 and 4 - I think they would really enjoy this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing this on Sharing Saturday Vicky. Hope you have a great week :)

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  14. My 4yr old loves this kind of stuff :) They look very happy!

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