It’s no surprise that we love simple science for preschoolers and school-aged kiddos around here! Chemical reactions that fizz and foam are among our favorites. At a recent preschool summer camp, I put together a Frozen-inspired science experiment for the children. It was a hit with the preschoolers, the school-aged assistants, and the teachers!
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Frozen-inspired science for preschoolers
Like our fizzing letters and “exploding” pirate treasure chests, this experiment centered on baking soda and vinegar. It never ceases to be a fun learning experience, and there are so many ways to change it up!
Engineer helped me create the frozen royal treasure the night before we introduced it at summer camp. We measured and mixed, then added everything to our ice cube trays. The trays stayed in the freezer overnight to make sure they were frozen through and through. The next morning, we popped the “treasure” out of the trays and set up our experiment.
We placed various royal treasure chests into sorting trays I’d purchased from my local Dollar Tree. We put condiment bottles filled with a special concoction next to the trays, then invited the kids over. The kids were told they needed to use the special concoctions in the bottles to retrieve the royal treasure. They jumped right in!
As they squirted the frozen treasure boxes, the kids were delighted to see foaming and fizzing! Lots of sparkles escaped during the process as well, adding to their delight! Some children focused on melting the cubes all the way down with just the liquid. We all enjoyed the delicious, fruity scent and the bright colors.
Other children decided to grab chunks of partially-melted treasure and pile them up. From there, they enjoyed the sensory aspect of running their hands through it all. Then they got back to creating foaming and fizzing reactions!
Most of the children loved the experiment itself, and they just didn’t bother collecting the royal treasures afterwards. A few were into collecting the “jewels”, though! Mainly, it was all about the experience for the children. They loved it so much that we did this experiment the next day too.
How we made it
Directions for the treasure boxes
1. Mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1 3-oz. packet of Jell-O powder.
2. Add 1 cup of water and stir completely.
3. Add glitter and mix more.
4. Place the mixture into ice cube trays.
5. If desired, add some “jewels”.
6. Place the trays in the freezer overnight.
Ingredients for the squeeze bottle liquid
Large squirt of clear, unscented dish soap
Do your children enjoy science experiments like this one? Have you created any science for preschoolers to explore recently?
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