INSIDE: Fizzy Sun sensory bin: summer STEAM activity is an easy toddler and preschooler activity. Create a sun using baking soda!
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How to Make a Fizzy Sun Sensory Bin: Summer STEAM
To make a fizzy sun you will need to create a yellow baking soda paste.
How to Make the Baking Soda Paste
- grab a mixing bowl
- add 2 cups of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, 2 tablespoons of water and several drops of yellow food colouring.
- Mix until the you create a paste.
If it’s too stiff, add a small amount of water. If it is too watery add more baking soda and mix. Make sure your paste is not too watery as it will be harder to create the sun. When the paste is placed in the sensory bin it will start to spread out. If it is too watery your sun will change its shape before your little one can make it fizzy.
Make the Sun
Take your spoon and start to create the sun in your sensory bin by spooning out a large amount for the center of the sun. Place it in the center of the sensory bin.
Take smaller amount of the paste and create the flares of the sun. Only use a small amount as the paste spreads out as it sits.
Pour some vinegar into a bowl and hand your little one an eye dropper and invite them to squeeze the vinegar onto the summer. It will create a really cool fizzing sound and action as the vinegar reacts with baking soda. The fizz looks like solar flares!
What to Talk About:
- Discuss the chemical reaction behind the combination of baking soda and vinegar: When you combine baking soda (a base) with vinegar (an acid), it releases a gas (carbon dioxide). Ask them what they see, hear and smell.
- Ask them what they think will happen when they squeeze the vinegar on the sun.
- As they squeeze the vinegar, ask what is happening. Let them describe what it sounds, smells and even feels like, what is happening, what it sounds/looks/feels like, what the solution smells like to them. See whether they can guess what it is.
Supplies for Fizzy Sun Sensory Bin: Summer STEAM
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- Sensory Bin or Sensory Table
- Medium mixing bowl
- Baking soda
- Corn starch
- Yellow food colouring
- Eye Droppers
This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3, 3, and 6 year old.
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