Fizzy Earth Fun
Sensory exploration is an amazing way to incorporate hands-on, engaging play into your day.
Through sensory play you can:
Learn how to follow a recipe.
Strengthen fine motor skills.
Discuss topics such as Earth Day.
Introduce new language & vocabulary opportunities.
Work on self-regulation.
Blue & Green food coloring
Pipette or medicine dropper
The great thing about this activity is that your kiddo can help you make it, so it's two activities in one! When children are involved in the process, they feel connected, motivated & encouraged to continue playing! Plus, they have the opportunity to work on following directions, measuring & mixing!
You are going to make a paste with the baking soda & water. In general, I eye-ball the recipe but a good rule of thumb is: mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water & mix. Then, just double, triple etc for bigger batches.
Squirt in 4-5 drops of food coloring & mix well. Add more to darken the colors!
Next is the fun part! Layer the blue & green mixture into your muffin tin. The blue will represent the water & the green will represent the land! This is a great way to keep the kiddos involved as well. As they are scooping & mixing & dumping, they are strengthening fine motor skills, working on balance & coordination & working on practical life skills!
Once the mixture is in the muffin tin, put it in the freezer for an hour or so, until solid. We love making these & keeping them in the freezer for a rainy day, for playdates or for days when time is standing still!
Once frozen, put them in a bowl or sensory tray. Pour the white vinegar into a bowl or cup as well & use the pipette to squirt the mixture over the top. Mom tip: You can dilute the vinegar with water to make it last longer!
As the mixture combines, it will bubble & fizz & erupt. The colors will mix. The shape will change. It is a full multi-sensory experience that is fun, engaging & magical every single time!!
If you aren't looking for Earth Day activities, you can do this same activity & work on color identification, color mixing, or just for fun! Use an ice cube tray for easy storage & easy access to pop them out & play!