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Pinspiration: The Magic of Vinegar

Written by Jen Sill

Written by Jennifer Sill

Science is all around us.

Sometimes it is just fun to experiment.  I did so with my kids this week.  You can too!

Here are three fun projects to do with Baking Soda and Vinegar:

 

1. Bubble Eruptions

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Baking Soda

2 drops Food Coloring

2 drops Dish Soap or Bubble bath

1 cup vinegar

A tall cup, jar or vase

 

Directions:

Mix – adding the vinegar last.  Watch ‘er bubble over!!

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2. Exploding Bags

Ingredients (for each bag.  You may need to repeat several times):

1 1/2 Tablespoons of baking soda

paper towels

1/2 cup vinegar

1/4 cup water

plastic bag

 

Directions:

Wrap paper towel around baking powder to make a ‘capsule’.

Place vinegar and water in plastic bag

Zip/Seal plastic bag halfway closed.

Drop the ‘capsule’ in the bag and zip quickly.

Watch it explode!!

 

3. Treasure Rocks

*Note:  This is a project that requires patience.  You make the rocks in the morning and do the ‘treasure hunting’ in the afternoon.  If your kiddos are not much for being patient, you might want to create the rocks yourself.  I personally like to do projects that force them to wait a bit sometimes.

Ingredients:

Baking Soda

Water

‘treasures’  (We just used beads and puffs.  You could use anything – even actual change.)

Spray bottle

vinegar

Directions – Part One

-Mix a little bit of water with 3 Tablespoons of baking soda  (The water depends on how humid it is where you live.  You just have to try a couple drops until you have a ‘mold-able’ medium.

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-Drop in ‘treasures’ and fold them into the middle.

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-Shape into a ball

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-Let Dry (several hours)

 

Directions – Part Two

-Fill Spray bottle with vinegar

-Let the kiddos spray the ‘rock’.  Each spray makes more ‘fizzy’ bubbles.  Then they can ‘dig out’ the treasures.  My kiddos spent 1/2 an hour uninterrupted working on this little treasure hunt!

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Thanks to my “Pinspirations” on Pinterest:

Growing a Jeweled Rose

All things Beautiful

 

About the author

Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She’s helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest.
Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.

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