Foaming Snowman

I must say, if you’re a mom, always keep a big jar of vinegar and box of baking soda in your cupboard.  You can keep your children entertained for a long time with it.  The Fizzing Fun activity I wrote about is still a favourite with my kids.  One daycare child told me it was the best thing ever!

I love the blog Fun at Home with the Kids .  She has so many great sensory play idea.  We tried out this foaming snowman one.  

My 5 year old daycare child LOVED it.  Pumpkin 1 had great fun building a snowman, but she was not happy to have it melt away.  In fact she cried and cried.  So I let her just have fun building snowmen.  The chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar makes the liquid feel cold, like snow.

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To make a fizzing dough you need:

Baking Soda
Dish Soap
Salt
Vinegar
Waterproof accessories (we used what we had, gems, a paperclip for arms, and I made the nose and hat out of foam)
In a bowl or other container, measure out two cups of baking soda and add 2 Tablespoons of salt.  Mix thoroughly.  The dough should look crumbly.  Next add 8 Tablespoons of water.  If your dough will form a ball, you’re all set.  If it’s still too dry and crumbly add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until you have a dough that molds into a ball.  It will not feel like playdough – it’s more smooshy and crumbly than that.  But it should form into and hold a ball.
Make and decorate your snowman and once you’re ready to transform him into a mound of icy cold foam, add your vinegar!  It works best (i.e. creates the most foam) if you add a lot of vinegar at once.  A squeezy bottle works best, but if you don’t have one of those, pouring a cup filled with vinegar on him will also create a foamy explosion!
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Fizzing Fun

I saw this on another blog, I can’t remember which one but it seemed fun and easy to set up so we gave it a try the other day.

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It’s a tray with baking soda and then cups of vinegar coloured with food colouring.  The children used eye droppers to suck up the vinegar and squirt it onto the baking soda causing a wonderful, colourful fizz.  Pumpkin 1 wasn’t able to figure out the squeeze/squirt motion of the using the eye droppers and she wouldn’t let me show her how so she just had fun swirling the eye dropper in the vinegar or in the baking powder and causing little fizzes.  My daycare 3 year old was able to do it though and had a great time.  I actually eventually emptied the soaked tray and refilled it.  It’s a great way to practice the pencil hold and to strengthen fingers and increase fine motor skills.  It’s also a good cause and effect activity and science experiment.  There was some color mixing too, and most important, the children had fun.  It also was easy and inexpensive to set up and not too messy (if you don’t count spilled vinegar as a mess, if anything, my table got a good deep cleaning lol).