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 has been married for seven years and is a proud new mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 18 years ago in high school; they got married 11 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 one year son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and fishing dog food from his mouth, 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 Barbeque anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.