This week, Mimi is working on the letter F and I wanted to do something exciting for her to get her super engaged – so after a quick Pinterest Search, I found an AWESOME F is for Fairy Potion project!
This is also a really fun ‘family’ experiment to do together on a rainy day.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White Vinegar
- Dish Soap
- Small Jar to ‘mix’ the potion – we used the small mason jars
- Baking Soda
- Glitter – of any kind
- Food Coloring
- Eye Droppers for mixing
- Plastic Cups for sorting materials for little hands
- Long ‘stick’ to mix – we used Kebob Skewers
I tweaked the experiment a little to better suit their little brains – I also wanted them to have the independence to mix what they’d like to mix!
I set up the experiment on their play table, with each of them having their own bucket to play and materials to mix. A baking tray is also a good option to do your mixing in because you’re going to want a deep dish to catch the fizzy overflow.
Here’s how you do it:
- Separate all of the materials into your little cups – baking soda, vinegar with food coloring, and glitter each in their own little cups.
- Fill your mixing jar about half full with Vinegar and place it in your bucket/tray.
- Pour a few squeezes of Dish Soap into the mixing jar, and if you’d like to start with a colored potion, a drop or two of food coloring.
- When ready, scoop in a couple scoops of baking soda, and MIX & stir vigorously! It’ll take a minute for the fizz to bubble up – but then….
… TAAADAAAA! Fizzy Fairy Potion! After the initial mix, adding a bit more baking soda and white vinegar will make the potion continue to bubble over.
I also set up a few different colored ‘vinegar’ for the girls to mix with their potions… and once they got the hang of how things ‘mixed’ I let them go for it on their own!
Alex came up with a few observations on how the materials mixed:
- Too much Vinegar = a BIG fizzy bubbly potion.
- Not enough Baking Soda, the potion gets flat.
- The Soap helps make the fizz because of it’s bubbles!
We had such a great time with this little ‘experiment’ and I’m going to try to find a way to incorporate these kinds of little hands on ‘free time’ experiments for them… If you know of any awesome ones you think my girlies would like, please drop me a link in the comments!