This year, rather than Trick or Treating, we’ll be in costumes with family. We want to keep the magic of All Hallow’s Eve alive, so we’re hiding candy around my brother’s massive yard and painting pumpkins. What’s spookier than being a mad scientist in a lab?! It’s the perfect fit and easy to do at home.Since we’re going to have a little more time on our hands, I wanted to create a fun (and educational – can’t kick the teacher out of me!) activity for my preschooler.
Mad Scientist Set Up: What You Need
- Beakers or glass jars of varying sizes
- Safety goggles/protective clothing
- Baking Soda
- Liquid Dish Soap
- Food Coloring
We bought this Science Experiment Kit on Amazon because it comes with pretty much EVERYTHING you need except the food products! Also, how cute is Caleigh as a mad scientist?!
Step #1: Set Up
Caleigh wanted to help me with the set up, so we did this in a place where I didn’t mind a mess. Ideally, being outside would be PERFECT for this activity!
Fill your beakers about 1/3 of the way with vinegar. Add your food coloring in! Caleigh got to the pick the colors. This is also a GREAT activity in color mixing, too!
Then, squirt just a few drops of liquid dish soap into each of your containers.
The next part is messy, folks. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Step #2: Science!
Being a teacher, this is where I like to explain to Cal WHY the reactions occur. This is a fine balance. I don’t want to ruin the fun with complex instructions, so I share that the explosion she’s going to see is because of a chemical reaction.
Have your kiddo scoop out a tablespoon of baking soda. Now, the key here is that THE MORE BAKING SODA = THE BIGGER EXPLOSION.
Because we’ve added in the dish soap, it won’t be instantaneous. I like this. A slower eruption means you get to see more of the actual process! You could also add a beaker without dish soap to show the differing speeds!
Add in the baking soda! You should get a reaction for around 1-2 minutes. It’s slow, but SO so cool! And very “mad science-y”.
I hope this helps you create something fun at home this week! Of course, you can do this ANY time of the year, but we thought it was perfect for the magic of the spooky season! Happy Haunting!