Family Fun

Bathtime :

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For your baby, bathtime is more than just getting clean. It can be great fun for some babies. They love the water, some bathtime play, gentle splashing, and your enthusiastic pleasure.

After a busy day, a warm bath can be a relaxing beginning to a bedtime routine. Your baby wil know that day is drawing to a close when bathtime comes at the same time of the day.

Your baby may enjoy a few toys at bathtime now. Ducks and boats are a great way to begin. Pour water for her to “catch” and show her how to splash!

Some babies still don’t like bathtime and are uneasy in the water. Respect your baby’s feelings and continue to make bathing as comfortable, pleasant, and short as possible. She may need more experience before she likes bathtime.

Continue to keep bathtime safe by having everything ready before you begin. Always stay with your hands by your baby. Ignore the phone and doorbell and any other household distractions.

Rubber bath mats and infant bath seats add safety and security to bathtime. Use what works best for your situation to reduce slips and slides.

Keep your bath toys in an open container or mesh bag and dry them after each use to prevent mold and mildew. Bath toys do need to be replaced from time to time.

Some parents enjoy taking a bath with their baby, some do not. When both of you feel so inclined, give it a try.!

Let’s Sing Rock-A-Bye Baby

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Let your child use a toy doll to imitate the actions of adults with a new baby as you sing this traditional song.

You’ll need:

  • toy doll
  • blanket

What to do:

It’s time to teach your toddler about babies; whether you are expecting a new sibling or just visiting friends or family members with babies. Invite your child to pick out her favorite doll. She can slowly cradle and rock her baby while you are singing this traditional song of “Rock-A-Bye Baby.”

Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top,

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,

And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • I like the way you are rocking your baby. Do you remember when I rocked you in my arms?
  • Would you like to rock a stuffed animal? Pick out your favorite toy.

Useful Information:

Toddlers can begin to imitate adults and are able to say a few words. Acting out songs together helps your child develop large muscle skills and language skills.

Animal Exercises

Toddlers love animals. Wiggle and waddle like the animals in “Old MacDonald’s Farm.”

You’ll need:

  • pictures of farm animals

What to do:

Look at pictures of farm animals with your toddler. Together sing, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” As you sing, say the name of the animal, while moving like the animal. For example:

horse – gallop and neigh

pig- roll on the floor (in the mud) and oink

duck – waddle and quack

rooster – pretend to fly and crow

cow – moo and walk slowly

Invite your child to join you. Encourage her to pretend to be the animals any way she wishes.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Let’s moo like a cow.
  • Let’s waddle like a duck.
  • What animal do you like best? The duck? The pig? The rooster?

Useful Information:

When you play an active game with your toddler and talk about what you are doing, it helps your child hear new words and develop language skills.

Wet Chalk Art

Create a picture with wet chalk!

You’ll need:

  • colored chalk
  • plastic bowl
  • water
  • large sheets of construction paper
  • sugar (OPTIONAL)

What to do:

Soak pieces of colored chalk for about 5 minutes in a plastic bowl filled with water. Show your toddler how to draw with the end of the chalk and then with the side of the chalk on paper. Try dissolving several spoonfuls of sugar in water before soaking the chalk. It will create a different effect when pictures are dry. Don’t forget to put your toddlers art work where everyone can admire it!

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Pick a color and I will put it in water. Then you can draw with it.
  • I like the lines you made!
  • What color do you want to try next?

Useful Information:

Older toddlers can draw with chalk. Being creative together helps your child develop both physically and mentally.

Bubble Science

What could be more fun than to chase a floating bubble? Enjoy bonding time with your toddler as you participate in this activity.

You’ll need:

  • bubble blower
  • liquid dish detergent
  • sugar
  • water
  • measuring cup

What to do:

Make bubble solution by mixing 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid, 1/2 cup water, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Blow some bubbles for your toddler to watch. Talk about what happens to the bubbles. Where do they go? What happens when they touch something? Can you find two bubbles that are stuck together? Older toddlers may wish to chase the bubbles and pop them.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Let’s go outside and blow some bubbles.
  • See how high they go.
  • Oops, pop goes the bubble!

Useful Information:

When you chase and blow bubbles with your child, it helps develop large muscle skills and important thinking skills.

Mirror, Mirror

Toddlers can recognize themselves in a mirror. A large unbreakable mirror is a good toy that will make playtime fun and help develop self-image.

You’ll need:

  • a long unbreakable mirror
  • dress-up clothes

What to do:

Make available a long unbreakable mirror. Help your child put on a few dress-up clothes. Invite him to look in the mirror to see his reflection. Talk about what he is wearing. Talk about what he is doing and how he looks. Look in the mirror together, imitate his movements, encourage him to imitate yours. Laugh together at what you are doing.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Let’s play with dress-up clothes.
  • Let’s look in the mirror.
  • Who do you see?
  • What are you wearing?
  • Can you show me a smiling face?

Useful Information:

While you are playing together with your toddler, you are encouraging imitation, imagination and building self-esteem.

The Washing Song

[15 Minutes]

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Action songs can help your child learn concepts, new vocabulary and rhyming words. You child can become a composer by changing words to suit special occasions.

What to do:

  1. Teach your child the following song (Tune:”Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”):

This is the way we wash our hands______.

Wash our hands_____,

Wash our hands_____,

This is the way we wash our hands_____

So early in the morning.

  1. Invite your child to replace the word “hands” with various articles of clothing, face washing, teeth brushing, hair combing.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Tell me what you do each morning before you go to play group or school. (If necessary, coach child by saying “What is the first thing you do each morning? The next thing? until child gets the idea.)
  • What words could we use if we sang this song at bedtime?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, your child is developing language skills and creativity.

Some of My Favorite Things

[20 Minutes]

You and your child can search for favorite pictures and create a “picture page” together!

 

You’ll need:

  • magazines
  • scissors (ADULT USE ONLY)
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • cotton swabs
  • small paper cup
  • contact paper (optional)

What to do:

  1. Sit with your child and search magazines for pictures he likes.
  2. Cut these out.
  3. With your help, he can glue these onto construction paper. Place glue into a small paper cup and invite him to use a cotton swab to put the glue on the paper.
  4. Encourage your child to identify each object and then label the pictures for him. You can write the words on the page.
  5. Preserve this page with a sheet of clear contact paper (optional).

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Why is this your favorite thing?
  • As you look at the pictures you might ask your child to:

Point to an animal, or

Point to a toy, or

Point to a happy child.

  • Can you smile and make a happy face for me?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills, eye/hand coordination and language skills.

Seashell Sorting

[30 Minutes]

You and your child can find that a day at the beach is not only relaxing and fun–it can also be educational!

You’ll need:

  • seashells

What to do:

  1. When you are at the beach take a walk with your child and collect several samples of the same type of shell.
  2. Invite her to put all the shells in a pile.
  3. Sort out the shells with her pointing out size (from smallest to largest), color, shape and texture (bumpy or smooth).
  4. Count the shells together.

How to use:

At home, invite her to make an art collage or decorate a picture frame with small shells. Help her glue the shells onto the cardboard surface. This finished craft will always remind you of your special day together.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • How many shells did you find during your beach walk?
  • What else can you do at the beach?
  • When you’re at the beach, what do you hear? See? Smell? Feel?

Useful Information:

While you are playing together, your child is developing observational skills, sorting and pre-math skills.

Shape Water Play

[15 Minutes]

Invite your child to have fun with water. Containers in interesting shapes and water are a natural combination for learning fun!

You’ll need:

  • dishpan
  • water
  • circle and square containers and things (such as measuring cups, plastic cups, milk cartons, square sponges, rectangular cake pans, round cake pans, etc.)

What to do:

  1. Fill a dishpan with water. Invite your child to play with shaped containers in the water.
  2. Talk about the different objects in the water.
  3. Encourage your child to pour water from one container to another.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Can you make the water go from one bowl to another? How?
  • Do you like to play in the water?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills and language skills.

Animal Pancakes

[30 Minutes]

Are you interested in serving a healthy breakfast? Engage your child in helping to prepare animal pancakes!

You’ll need:

  • pancake mix
  • raisins
  • strawberries, applesauce, or honey
  • wooden spoon
  • bowl
  • spatula
  • pan
  • measuring cup

What to do:

  1. Let your child help you measure the mix to make the batter.
  2. Together make a batter that is fairly thin.
  3. When you pour the batter onto the grill, use a wooden spoon to form legs, horns, and other animal features. Birds and bunnies are easiest to make, but any odd-shaped pancakes will remind your child of some kind of animal.
  4. Add raisins for eyes.
  5. Serve the pancakes with strawberries, applesauce, or honey.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • What animals could we make out of pancakes?
  • How many spoonfuls of mix do you think it will take to make this animal?
  • What foods could we use to decorate the cooked pancake to make it look more like an animal?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills, eye/hand coordination, and pre-math skills.

Water Play Song

[15 Minutes]

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There are many recreational uses of water. Sing a song about your favorite water sport.

What to do:

  1. Together, sing this fun song about water play. (Tune: ” Sailing, Sailing”):

Swimming, swimming out in the swimming pool.

We’ll splish and splash and play all day.

It’s sure to keep us cool.

Running, jumping over the garden hose.

Let’s get all wet and play all day.

From our heads down to our toes.

  1. Ask your child about his favorite forms of water play. Get creative and add new verses to this song.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Name some ways we can play in the water.
  • Which one is your favorite? Why?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop large muscle skills and language skills.

Book of Shapes

[20 Minutes]

Once your child knows his basic shapes, spend a few minutes together making and decorating a shape book.

You’ll need:

  • construction paper
  • old file folder
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • metal rings
  • markers
  • crayons
  • stickers or stamps (OPTIONAL)

What to do:

  • Cut out construction paper shapes of various sizes and colors.
  • Help your child use the hole punch to make one hole in the center of the left side of each shape.
  • Invite him to assemble the shapes into a ring-bound book with a metal ring. You can also tie the pages together with yarn or string.
  • Encourage him to decorate each shape to represent a real-life object. (For example: a beach ball, a piece of pie, and so on)
  • Challenge your child to seek out more shapes to add to his book.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Let’s look at your book together. Tell me about what you did to make each page special.
  • Can you find me an object in this room that is the same shape as the one in your book?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills and math concepts.

Beach Ball Movement Game

[15 Minutes]

You don’t have to be near a beach to enjoy this family movement game. Together you can exercise and have a lot of fun.

You’ll need:

  • beach ball
  • permanent marker

What to do:

  • Blow up a small plastic beach ball.
  • Write movement ideas with stick figure pictures or a simple word on sections marked off on the ball. Suggested actions: clap, hop, jump, touch toes, bend, or arm circles.
  • Throw the ball to her.
  • Help her “read” the action by having her look under her right hand when she catches the ball.
  • Together, do the action an agreed number of times. (Take turns picking the number of times you will do the movement.)

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Which movement was the easiest? Hardest?
  • Which movements used only our legs? Arms? Whole body?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop eye/hand coordination, large muscle skills, and pre-reading skills.

Exploring in the Sand

[30 Minutes]

Your child becomes a young naturalist as you explore a sandy area together. It’s a wonderful way to develop an appreciation for the beauty of nature in any season.

You’ll need:

 

  • a sandy area near a creek, stream, pond, beach, or river
  • bucket
  • shovels
  • footwear for wading

    What to do:

    • Find a place nearby where you could explore a sandy area. Take along a bucket and shovel.
    • As you walk along, encourage your child to notice all the interesting things in the sand.
    • Invite her to dig in the sand and talk about the similarities and differences between what is on the surface and what is buried.
    • Challenge her to collect any interesting rocks, sticks, etc. and to put them in the bucket for further exploration and play at home. Talk about how the rocks may be worn smooth by the action of the water.
    • Look together for signs of animal life, insect life, and plants that might be in the area.
    • Visit this sandy area in different seasons and compare what you see each time. Talk about how things change with the seasons.

    Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

    • What were some of your discoveries in the sand? What could you do with the things you brought back?
    • What are some of the things you heard as we walked along?
    • Did you smell anything special?

    Useful Information:

    While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop observational skills, eye/hand coordination, and language skills.

    Cucumber Crocodiles

    [15 Minutes]

    Some children are fascinated by crocodiles. Help your child practice fine-motor skills as you prepare an edible veggie treat together!

    You’ll need:

  • cucumber
  • red pepper or tomato
  • plastic knife

    What to do:

    • Help your child cut a thin slice off one end of a cucumber, blunting it slightly.
    • Help him cut a wedge for a mouth, placing a bit of red pepper or tomato inside for the tongue.
    • Place two bits of tomato or red pepper above the mouth to create eyes.
    • Guide your child in cutting the remainder of the cucumber into thin slices from top to bottom to make crocodile ridges.
    • Provide a creamy dip or salad dressing for “tasty” eating.

    Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

    • What is your favorite vegetable? What animal could we turn that vegetable into?
    • What other vegetables could we use for the crocodile’s face?
    • What colors are these vegetables?

    Useful Information:

    While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills and eye/hand coordination.

Water Play Song

[15 Minutes]

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There are many recreational uses of water. Sing a song about your favorite water sport.

What to do:

  1. Together, sing this fun song about water play. (Tune: ” Sailing, Sailing”):

Swimming, swimming out in the swimming pool.

We’ll splish and splash and play all day.

It’s sure to keep us cool.

Running, jumping over the garden hose.

Let’s get all wet and play all day.

From our heads down to our toes.

  1. Ask your child about his favorite forms of water play. Get creative and add new verses to this song.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Name some ways we can play in the water.
  • Which one is your favorite? Why?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop large muscle skills and language skills.

Book of Shapes

[20 Minutes]

Once your child knows his basic shapes, spend a few minutes together making and decorating a shape book.

You’ll need:

  • construction paper
  • old file folder
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • metal rings
  • markers
  • crayons
  • stickers or stamps (OPTIONAL)

What to do:

  1. Cut out construction paper shapes of various sizes and colors.
  2. Help your child use the hole punch to make one hole in the center of the left side of each shape.
  3. Invite him to assemble the shapes into a ring-bound book with a metal ring. You can also tie the pages together with yarn or string.
  4. Encourage him to decorate each shape to represent a real-life object. (For example: a beach ball, a piece of pie, and so on)
  5. Challenge your child to seek out more shapes to add to his book.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Let’s look at your book together. Tell me about what you did to make each page special.
  • Can you find me an object in this room that is the same shape as the one in your book?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills and math concepts.

Beach Ball Movement Game

[15 Minutes]

You don’t have to be near a beach to enjoy this family movement game. Together you can exercise and have a lot of fun.

You’ll need:

 

  • beach ball
  • permanent marker

    What to do:

    1. Blow up a small plastic beach ball.
    2. Write movement ideas with stick figure pictures or a simple word on sections marked off on the ball. Suggested actions: clap, hop, jump, touch toes, bend, or arm circles.
    3. Throw the ball to her.
    4. Help her “read” the action by having her look under her right hand when she catches the ball.
    5. Together, do the action an agreed number of times. (Take turns picking the number of times you will do the movement.)

    Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

    • Which movement was the easiest? Hardest?
    • Which movements used only our legs? Arms? Whole body?

    Useful Information:

    While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop eye/hand coordination, large muscle skills, and pre-reading skills.

    Exploring in the Sand

    [30 Minutes]

    Your child becomes a young naturalist as you explore a sandy area together. It’s a wonderful way to develop an appreciation for the beauty of nature in any season.

    You’ll need:

    • a sandy area near a creek, stream, pond, beach, or river
    • bucket
    • shovels
    • footwear for wading

    What to do:

    1. Find a place nearby where you could explore a sandy area. Take along a bucket and shovel.
    2. As you walk along, encourage your child to notice all the interesting things in the sand.
    3. Invite her to dig in the sand and talk about the similarities and differences between what is on the surface and what is buried.
    4. Challenge her to collect any interesting rocks, sticks, etc. and to put them in the bucket for further exploration and play at home. Talk about how the rocks may be worn smooth by the action of the water.
    5. Look together for signs of animal life, insect life, and plants that might be in the area.
    6. Visit this sandy area in different seasons and compare what you see each time. Talk about how things change with the seasons.

    Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

    • What were some of your discoveries in the sand? What could you do with the things you brought back?
    • What are some of the things you heard as we walked along?
    • Did you smell anything special?

    Useful Information:

    While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop observational skills, eye/hand coordination, and language skills.

    Cucumber Crocodiles

    [15 Minutes]

    Some children are fascinated by crocodiles. Help your child practice fine-motor skills as you prepare an edible veggie treat together!

    You’ll need:

    • cucumber
    • red pepper or tomato
    • plastic knife

    What to do:

    1. Help your child cut a thin slice off one end of a cucumber, blunting it slightly.
    2. Help him cut a wedge for a mouth, placing a bit of red pepper or tomato inside for the tongue.
    3. Place two bits of tomato or red pepper above the mouth to create eyes.
    4. Guide your child in cutting the remainder of the cucumber into thin slices from top to bottom to make crocodile ridges.
    5. Provide a creamy dip or salad dressing for “tasty” eating.

    Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

    • What is your favorite vegetable? What animal could we turn that vegetable into?
    • What other vegetables could we use for the crocodile’s face?
    • What colors are these vegetables?

    Useful Information:

    While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills and eye/hand coordination.

Bubble Art

[Ages 5-7; 30 Minutes]

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If you can’t beat ’em join ’em, especially when you know your child loves blowing bubbles. Now blowing bubbles can be an art project!

You’ll need:

  • Liquid detergent
  • three bowls
  • water
  • food coloring
  • plain white paper
  • straws

What to do:

  1. Before beginning the project, have your child practice blowing air out of the straw. Have him hold the straw so he can feel the air on his hand.
  2. Help him make “sea foam” bubble prints by putting one-eighth cup of liquid detergent in each of three bowls.
  3. Let him add water and food coloring to each bowl.
  4. Let him use straws to blow in the bowls until the bubbles rise over the bowl rims.
  5. Help him to carefully lay a sheet of paper over the bubbles.
  6. When he lifts the paper, he will see a delicate and beautiful bubble print.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Where is the biggest bubble print? Where is the smallest bubble print?
  • Where is the prettiest bubble print? Can you find a spot where two colors overlapped or blend together?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps introduce your child to a variety of artistic tools, mediums, and techniques.

Celery Cars

[Ages 5-7; 20 Minutes]

These tasty little treats will zoom right into your child’s mouth.

You’ll need:

  • celery cut into 2 inch sections
  • carrot slices
  • toothpicks
  • raisins
  • peanut butter

What to do:

  1. Invite your child to help you clean and cut the celery into 2 inch sections.
  2. Cut the carrot slices into circles or “carrot pennies.”
  3. Stick two toothpicks through the celery, one in front and one in back to create axles.
  4. Invite your child to put the wheels on the axles.
  5. Encourage him to fill the cars with peanut butter and use raisins for the passengers.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • What else do you think we could make with these ingredients?
  • Tell me how many different things you taste.

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity provides experiences for developing concepts related to the five senses.

Alphabet Hopscotch

[Age 5-7; 20 Minutes]

Your child can get some exercise and learn alphabet letters in this variation to a traditional game.

You’ll need:

  • chalk
  • one stone per player
  • hard surface such as cement or asphalt

What to do:

  1. Using chalk, draw a hopscotch playing surface.
  2. Instead of printing numbers in each of the squares, as in traditional hopscotch, place one letter of the alphabet (or simple word) in each square.
  3. Show your child how to play by throwing a stone onto the first letter of the hopscotch. Challenge him to jump over the box with the stone in it and proceed to jump and hop down and back over the entire hopscotch board.
  4. On the return trip, when reaching the box with the stone in it, tell your child to bend over, pick up the stone and to name the letter in the box.
  5. Encourage him to continue playing by throwing the stone into each of the alphabet boxes and traveling up and down the board.
  6. Challenge him by replacing letters from the previous game with new letters or words to read.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • How did you learn to hop and jump so well?
  • What letters (words) did you learn today?
  • What other hopscotch games could we make up?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity provides experiences for developing skills related to reading and writing. Hoping and jumping develops large muscle skills.

Balloon Body Volley

[Age 5-7; 20 Minutes]

 

Use your feet, use your hands, use your head to keep that balloon going back and forth over the line – but don’t let it touch the floor – or that’s one point against you! Oh, by the way,this game is played while sitting on the floor. Whoever reaches five points first, serves the snack and cleans up.

 

You’ll need:

  • 3 round balloons, blown up with air (not helium)
  • 1 long piece of masking tape
  • open space free from obstacles and valuables
  • a healthy snack

What to do:

  1. Together, with your child, gather everything you’ll need.
  2. Explain to your child that the object of the game is to “volley” the balloon back and forth over the line between you by using your head, hands, feet, nose – any part of your body as you’re sitting on the floor. If you let the balloon hit the floor – you’ll get a point. The first to get 5 points serves the snack and cleans up!

How to play:

  1. Together, choose the play space, making sure there is plenty of room to volley the balloon without damaging anything.
  2. With your child decide what you will serve for snack.
  3. Help your child place one piece of masking tape about 3 feet long in the middle of the floor. This will be the line you volley over. Explain to him that he will try to volley the balloon over the line to you, and you will do this back and forth until the balloon hits the floor.
  4. Try a practice volley. Show him how to use his hands, feet or anything else like his nose or his shoulder to keep the balloon going.
  5. Let your child be the first to start the balloon volley.
  6. Keep score verbally. Challenge your child to say the score out loud before each volley. If the balloon hits the floor – just start the volley again to keep the game going! Be ready!
  7. The first to hit 5 points serves the snack and cleans up.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • How many different types of volleying did you do?
  • Which was the most difficult? Do you think it would be fun with 2 balloons? How about a bigger balloon? A smaller balloon?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop balance and agility.

Baking Soda Science

[Age 5-7; 30 Minutes]

This is a science experiment that your child can fully participate in, and the ingredients are right in your kitchen cupboard.

You’ll need:

  • 7 clear jars or glasses
  • 7 different liquids (milk, cooking oil, sour milk, orange juice, vinegar, water, and lemon juice work well)
  • baking soda
  • pen or marker
  • scissors
  • paper
  • tape

What to do:

  1. Have your child make a label for each glass to tell what is inside it and tape the labels onto the glasses.
  2. Ask him to set the glasses in a row and carefully pour one type of liquid into each glass.
  3. He can then add baking soda to each glass.
  4. Explain that the fizzing is caused by the release of a gas called carbon dioxide, the same gas that causes soda drinks to fizz.
  5. Explain that the fizzing caused when baking soda is mixed with certain ingredients is what helps certain cakes and cookies rise.
  6. Explain that baking soda fizzes best when added to a liquid that is an acid and if you want to make a cake that calls for baking soda, it should also have an ingredient that is acidic so that the combination will produce the fizzing that causes the cake to rise.
  7. Together bake a cake or cookies that uses baking soda as an ingredient.

Let’s Talk: Ideas to Explore Together:

  • Which of the liquid ingredients cause the baking soda to fizz the most? The least?
  • What other liquids would you like to try mixing with the baking soda?

Useful Information:

While you are having fun together, this activity provides experiences for developing concepts related to science and cooking.