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!
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6 thoughts on “Salt, Sugar, Flour Toddler Science Experiment”
So cool – I love it! We’ve done baking soda and vinegar a million times, but will have to try this next.
That’s a really cool project! I bet my little guy would love it.
My husband is a scientist (Ph.D., MS and BS in chemistry) so my kids better like science! Seriously though, I’m glad to see activities for toddlers that combine art with science – best of both worlds. It’s a good thing to get kids to appreciate creativity in both fields from an early age.
Wow! I’m crazy about this activity!! Thank you!! I always felt the science proyects weren’t so simple to do!
Trying this today with my four years old.
Love it love it love it!
Love how much FUN you made Science for P!
We had so much fun with the last baking soda & vinegar experiment you posted. we’re gonna try this very soon- Looks like fun.
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