When it comes to science, starting early shouldn’t just be a must, it should be fun. Kids are naturally curious and the household is one of the best places to encourage your kids to learn by doing. In our house I have a large spread of ages. I have a 2 year old and a 9 year old so finding items they can both learn from at their separate levels can be a challenge. I had originally been seeing online “salt painting” and wanted to take that one step further and add extra household ingredients to see how they reacted.
Here is what we did.
Salt, Sugar, Flour Toddler Science Experiment
You will need
- Black construction paper
- Elmer’s Glue
- Baking Soda
- Water Colors
- Eye dropper
First I labeled each sheet with what material we were going to be testing by using our Elmer’s Glue. I also made additional squiggly lines on the papers for fun. The more mess the better when it comes to toddlers, right? We started out making a sheet for Salt, Sugar, and Flour.
Then I had my son take an eyedropper full of water colors and squeeze a little out on each paper while I noted if it spread out, attached, or repelled from the material. This was his first time using an eye dropper so he had to have a little help to start. If you do not have one you can pick one up in a lot of places but I found this 4 pack at Hobby Lobby in the baking section for $4
Here are our super fun results regarding Salt, Sugar, and Flour. The salt worked perfectly, the flour seemed to repel the paint and often made a border and the sugar didst stick at all. I am pretty sure it dissolved in the glue and you can even tell how by the first show where it says SUGAR and the picture below with the paint, its less noticable.
After we realized that SALT did indeed work the best, we made another sheet and played some more. Phoenyx colored in his name.
Then he spilled the paint. Good thing its just water colors!
After we cleaned up our first experiment, I put glue back down and sprinkled on baking soda. I then added some vinegar and color and let Phoenyx test that out. As you can imagine we made a bit of a volcano sheet! Immediately the vinegar caused the letters to bubble up.
As you can imagine we had fun, it was easy clean up, and we all learned a bit! Now I do not want Science to end with the kids anytime early in their lives. One of Charlotte’s best subjects in school right now IS Science and I hope that continues. That’s part of the reason I am sharing this fun idea with you! Which brings me to the next discussion.
Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge!
If you have older kids than mine, you may be excited to know about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge!
The nation’s premier science competition for middle school students, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to fade and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings
- Prizes: The winner will receive $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” The ten finalists will all receive expense-paid trips to Minneapolis to present their innovations. State merit finalists will also be recognized.
- How to Enter: Applications are being accepted through April 22 so time is running out. Middle school students are asked to create a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution for an everyday problem. Based on the video entry, ten finalists will be chosen to work with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship to create an innovation that will be presented to a panel of judges at the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota in October. (Complete rules and details are available on the competition website.)
If you have a young scientist in your house (well maybe not as young as mine, but between the right ages!) you still have time to encourage them to get involved! You can also learn more by going to
Do your kids love Science in your house?