As a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher and now stay-at-home mommy of 2 boys and a sweet baby girl, many people ask me how they can be implementing educational concepts in the lives of their young children at home before they enter school. Instead of trying to come up with a quick list of ideas off the top of my head to answer these questions, I have decided to put all of my lessons into this blog. I, along with so many other parents, want to be purposeful at home with my children and make the most of the time I have with them.
I hope that this blog can help, encourage, and inspire you to work with your kiddos and
get involved in the learning process! The benefits will be endless,
and the moments you share together will be priceless! As Dr. Seuss once said,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fantastically Fun Friday: Blow It Up Science Experiment

Fun Objectives:
* To learn what a chemical reaction is
* To watch what happens when baking soda and vinegar are mixed together
* To understand that when mixed together, these ingredients create carbon dioxide
* To see this chemical reaction blow up a balloon
* To use prediction skills
* To use the fine motor skills involved with pouring

* Baking Soda
* Vinegar
* Bottle/Jar with a small top
* Funnel (I used a small icing tip)
* Balloons

* Talk about what a chemical reaction is.  Ask your child to predict what will happen when the baking soda and vinegar are mixed together.  Ask them if they think the reaction will blow the balloon up or if it will stay down.

* Pour about an inch of vinegar into the bottle.

* Using the funnel, pour about a tablespoon of baking soda into the balloon.

* Carefully place the balloon over the mouth of the bottle.

* Lift the balloon up so that the baking soda will fall into the vinegar.  Watch the bubbles form at the bottom of the bottle.

* Super Cool!!!  Talk about the chemical reaction and how the baking soda and vinegar mixed together to create carbon dioxide.  This created the air to blow the balloon up.

Of course, we had to do it again! :)

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