Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fizzing Planet Art

Jellybean's complete planet with extra cheesy grin.
We had fun with a new rainy scorching day activity this last week.  This was inspired by an art project that I've seen several times floating around Pinterest.  The nice thing about this project is that all of the materials needed were already in my pantry.  
Buddy and Jellybean working on their creations.
The concept is simple: you fill a pie plate with baking soda.  Then you tint vinegar with food coloring.  We used some ramekins to hold our color. It's so fun to see the baking soda and vinegar fizz each time some color is added to the pan.  It's also fun because the color stays where you put it.
Adding more and more color. Jellybean started adding baking soda to her ramekins so that the entire thing would fizz.
Unfortunately, the one tool that would have made this more fun would have been an eye dropper.  Since I didn't have one available, I had the kids use straws to drip the vinegar into the baking soda. It works in theory, but in practice, this method is pretty frustrating for a 2 and 4 year old. So, I took away the straws and handed them each a spoon. That's when the art work took a serious turn.
Plates transforming into alien planets
Now they were adding a lot of color to the plate. The baking soda still provided some great fizz and added a base so that the color would somewhat stay where it was placed. Buddy started talking about his moster planet and the different monsters that live there. Jellybean was pleased with her pretty alien planet and enjoyed sampling the vinegar color (ick).
Buddy putting the final touches on his monster planet.
This is a great activity for a day when you can't be outside.  They spent a good 45 minutes to an hour on their fizzing planets.  Buddy is already excited to make another one. In fact, if I'd had more baking soda, we would have made more that day.

So, what are your favorite rainy/scorching hot day activities??  

Have a Happy Day!


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1 comment:

  1. Oh, how fun!! I love it. Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!