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After we arrived back from our pond study this morning, the older girls kindly offered to cook up a storm in the kitchen for lunch whilst T11 and I got down to the business of setting up the science nook.  This week I had planned to let the littles discover what happens when vinegar is mixed with Bicarb.  As my theme is colour, this week I coloured the vinegar different colours and placed them in test tubes.  In the larger containers, jugs and so forth I placed a load of Sodium Bicarbonate:

Test tubes full of vinegar coloured with food colouring
Test tubes full of vinegar coloured with food colouring
Bicarb in a jar
Bicarb in a jar

I then set up trays with all of the above and pipettes, spoons, stirers and a turkey baster to share:

All ready to go
All ready to go
T11 demonstrated what to do
T11 demonstrated what to do
and how to use the turkey baster
and how to use the turkey baster

After that, we were pretty hands off and allowed the littles to experiment as they liked and experiment they did:

A4 and B2 raring to go
A4 and B2 raring to go
B2 immediately remembered how to use the pippette
B2 immediately remembered how to use the pipette
As did A4
As did A4
So they pipetted......
So they pipetted……
and created fizzes
and created fizzes
and shook.....
and shook…..
And turkey basted....
And turkey basted….
and stirred....
and stirred….
and poured....
and poured….
they even tried turkey basting and pouring at the same time!
they even tried turkey basting and pouring at the same time!
Whilst B2 definitely created much fizz.....
Whilst B2 definitely created much fizz…..
It was A4 who won the prize for the biggest fizz!
It was A4 who won the prize for the biggest fizz!

But, as is always foremost in my mind for our learning experiences, it was the bestest of fun!

The smiles say it all!
The smiles say it all!
Is she not the cutest science EVER?
Is she not the cutest scientist EVER?

This preschool science is working out better than I possibly could have imagined!

18 comments on “Young Scientists at Play: Colour and Fizz

  1. Clever girls. Well done Thomas for helping them. Looked like you had fun.

    • A4 looked at me in total amazement when I told her this was school we were doing! She obviously couldn’t believe school could be such fun!

  2. Such fun-I love the googles and white coats really professional.

    • I know! I ummed and ahhed about getting them, but they have so been worth the money, and should last for years. It gives the whole science thing a special something!

  3. Very cute. Love those outfits!

  4. I seriously love your test tubes. I need to get some for a theme for next month…..

  5. I love the cute, cute photos. They are learning good skills for future science explorations, too.

  6. Wow, totally blown away, I love the lab equipment you have. I am sure they find learning so much fun!

  7. I have to ask, where did you get all the cool science gear? 🙂
    Thanks

  8. Very nice. Enjoyed all the pictures. This totally proves young children can do science and enjoy it. 🙂 I know my preschooler would love it and you’ve practically convinced me to give it a try with my toddler too! 🙂

  9. This is awesome. I love the outfits and they way the little kids had chemistry experiment table to go along with the big kids chemistry experiments.

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