Our first experiment in our fun science kit was a basic introduction of acids and bases, called “Dancing Powders”.
We set up our cups and poured water into one of them. We scooped 2 ml of citric acid into the other cup, then added 2 ml of baking soda in and mixed the powders together. M ready to go, but patiently waiting for Mama to take a picture.
Then M used the scoop to add a small amount of water to the powders:
Sure enough, they danced! Everything got all bubbly and we talked about how we heard fizzy sounds and pop! pop!
I realized all over again how amazing simple things are when seen through a child’s eyes.
He continued scooping and pouring the water, and had the time of his life with this simple experiment. At 3, it doesn’t need to get any more complicated than this! :) He was intrigued for well over 45 minutes. We repeated this experiment no less than 6 times!! (“Again! Again!”) We even tasted the citric acid and talked about how it tastes like lemons. Yum for me, not so much for M.
Eventually it turned into this: M dumped everything into the tray (an old metal pan) and stuck both hands in. :) The bubbles formed around his fingers. We tasted this and it tasted salty. We talked about gases and how the bubbles were releasing the same kind of air that we make when we breathe out. M was fascinated with this idea and asked about a million questions. Whew.
The baking soda, citric acid, cups, and scoop were provided in the kit. It was a wonderful experiment and experience!
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Have a beautiful day! :)