Sometimes I forget that my youngest child hasn’t necessarily taken part in basic experiments I did with the older children years ago, so when we had a bit of quiet time last week, I set up a simple science exploration station for her and she loved it.
What you need
- Baking soda ( Bicarbonate of Soda )
- Food colouring
- Milk Oil
- Vegetable oil
We tried three super simple experiments, all in the tray so they didn’t make too much mess.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
- Place a few drops of food colouring, water and a couple of teaspoons of baking soda into a few containers.
- Use the pipette to slowly add vinegar, stand back.
This activity is a great first introduction to chemical reactions for older children, but for my 4 year old what was more important was watching her learn how to use a pipette and the correct way to pour a beaker, both things which I’d taken for granted.
Oil and water
- Place a thin layer of vegetable oil in a flat container.
- Mix up several small beakers of water and food colouring.
- Use a pipette to drop tiny bits of the water and food colouring onto the oil.
- Make a pretty picture.
In the interests of an honest post, my 4 year old declared this was ‘boring’ and insisted on adding some baking soda so she could make a fizzy picture.
This is another great activity for little ones, see here for full instructions for colourful milk.
More great preschool science experiments
Explore melting with some ice cream soup
Make a volcano with snow, sand or even papier mache
How about making some fruity boats?
We loved this kool-aid oobleck.
All these activities use non toxic materials but please do supervise small children at all times. They wouldn’t be very nice to eat or drink.
The lab coat is super cute was kindly sent to us by Learning Resources.
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