Being home with a toddler all day, I’ve realized that their attention span is equivalent to Dory from Finding Nemo. One second we are playing trains and all of a sudden the trains get flipped in the sky and screams flood the room and my eardrum (I think it is quite possible I have damage in my left ear). To save my ears, my patience, and their sanity, I always like to have some sort of activity planned for the day. If I don’t, the day just goes down hill at a fast pace. Kids not only need a change in scenery or activities, but it is a great way to bond. Plus if we get out…it is a great excuse for a Starbucks! Can I get an AMEN!?
I have attached a list of things I do with my kids whether planned or spur of the moment. Click the link to take you to a detailed list: toddler-activities . Don’t forget to check out some science experiments located on the page and some example theme days .
2 Science Experiments for Toddlers:
My son is 2 and loved both of these!! Granted does he understand how it works? No….Will I eventually teach him? Heck yes! As of now, it is fun to watch his sweet little eyes light up in amazement as he says “MORE”… I think he might have added 10 alka seltzer tablets into his lava lamp…but hey…who’s counting?
What you need:
-Water bottle or another container with lid
We first filled 2/3 of the bottle up with vegetable oil.
We then added water. We did not fill it up to the top because you’ll need a little room for the bubbles.
Brooks then added a few (or a lot…he is 2) drops of blue food coloring. DO NOT SHAKE it up. I remember the first time I did this experiment…I shook it up…big mistake.
Then get one alka seltzer table and break it up into pieces. Drop a piece at a time and watch it bubble up.
How it works: Obviously oil and water does not mix due to their molecules. When alka seltzer reacts with water, it causes bubbles of carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide attaches to the colored water. These bubbles float to the top and when they pop, the colored water falls back down to the bottom. The process repeats until the alka seltzer tablets are used up.
This experiment had Brooks mouth wide open. He couldn’t believe what he saw. I tried to snap a picture of it, but it ended up kind of blurry.
First we put baking soda in 3 containers and set them aside.
We then added 5 or so drops of food coloring to one teaspoon of water in 3 separate containers and mixed it. We had 3 different colors (red, blue, and green).
After the food coloring was mixed well with the water, we added it to the baking soda and stirred it well.. The baking soda kind of stuck together, but I just kept stirring and it ended up breaking apart more.
I added some vinegar to a jar and grabbed a dropper for Brooks to use when adding the vinegar to the jars.
Now it was time to add vinegar to the baking soda jars and watch in amazement!
I wanted him to see the more vinegar we added, the more of a eruption we would see. SO we added just a little at first.
Then we added a lot, and you see what happens. His face is priceless!
How it works: Baking soda and vinegar reacts in this way due to its acid-base reaction to simplify things ha.
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