This is cool science ! There were no real instructions for this pretend play just a buffet of fun things safe to mix in experiments. My son got into this right away taking on the serious personality of a chemist as he dove into his imagination. This is so easy to do because all you really need is water and a few kitchen tools, everything else is just icing on the cake.
- Gather your materials. For our science lab we used a handful of glass jars -if you are really keen you can put graduated measurements up the sides, but remember kids imaginations don’ need every detail done for them. You may want a few absorbent place mats, turkey baster, eye droppers, small measuring cups, mini whisks, some shampoo or dish soap , some baking soda , water and food color. Also eye protection and an apron or lab coat is a must!
- I added a few drops of food coloring in jars of water and set everything out – something I learned years ago is if everything is at arms reach fewer things spill . If I was doing this with multiple kids I’d ditch the chairs and have them stand at a low table.
- Start concocting!
- The baking soda mixed with the shampoo made a nice ( not overly) fun fizzy foam, clearly the shampoo was acidic. This made me remember doing a science experiment in grade 4 with all sorts of things and mixing them with baking soda to see which was the most acidic. If you want you could incorporate that too.
- Keep going! He had a blast.
- I got a tub ready to soak everything in after playing.
- We had so much fun I had to dump out his beaker and get him some new yellow water.
- Popped them all in the water – we let them soak and came back later to scrub. See this activity includes practical life and water sensory play too.