Easy science experiments are a fun way to get your child interested in learning. They don’t have to be too detailed with a lot of steps, just a lot of fun. Actually, in my opinion, the fewer steps the better when trying to entertain a toddler. During letter O week of my alphabet lesson plan, we made Foaming Orange Volcanos with just an orange, some baking soda, and little bit of vinegar.
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This is a simple reactionary science experiment that shows your child when vinegar (an acidic acid) is mixed with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) it produces a carbon dioxide gas in the form of bubbles.
Bubbles! The simplest, and most pure form of fun for a toddler.
- Baking Soda
- Liquid Food Coloring
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- Cut about a 1/4 off the top of the orange and then scoop out the insides (like when carving a pumpkin).
- Place orange in a shallow bowl.
- Pour 2 cups of vinegar into a large measuring cup. Add a few drops of liquid food coloring (I used pink).
- Add 2-3 Tbsp. of baking soda to the orange.
To get my toddler involved, I let him mix the food coloring and vinegar. He also scooped the baking soda and then poured the vinegar into the orange. This is a great activity that lets your child see a direct result of their actions. The bubbling reaction was, of course, the most fun.
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What kind of simple science experiments have you tried with your toddler? Share in the comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.