My daughter has been struggling a bit with her spelling tests at school lately and she always lets out a huge groan when I tell her it’s time to practice. Homework and studying is a constant struggle with her and I don’t want to turn her off of learning so I have been wracking my brain to come up with a fun way to study.
One of her favorite experiments that she constantly asks for is the baking soda and vinegar volcano so I decided to try and combine that with studying. So I replaced the old baking soda that I was using to freshen up the refrigerator and split the box across two cookie trays (my 2 year old always wants to do “homework” too so I had to have one for him as well). I then would give my daughter one of her spelling words to “write” in the baking soda.
I won’t say we had a complaint free study session but it was a 100% times better than straight studying and after we went through all of her words we moved on to the play time.
I pulled out the food coloring and learned that you don’t want to take your eyes off a 2 year old for even a second because next thing you know he will have used half a bottle of food coloring before you know it! But I digress…I had them drop different food coloring all over their trays.
I don’t know if you can see but my son’s tray of baking soda was pretty evenly spread out and my daughter tried making mountains. Once we moved onto the vinegar step we found having the smoother surface worked better.
I poured vinegar into two cups and gave the kids eye droppers to drop vinegar onto their trays.
The kids loved their colored mini-volcanoes as the baking soda and vinegar reacted to bubble up and ooze.
Once they had used up all their vinegar the kids immediately set in to squish, smash and draw in their trays. My 5 year old and I talked about the difference in texture of the baking soda before the vinegar and after the vinegar.
When we were done and had washed hands I thought they would be walking around with purple hands as we just couldn’t get the color all off. Fortunately after bath and play time in the water the color finally came out and their hands were back to normal. 🙂
So while we won’t be doing this all the time since we used up the entire box of old baking soda at least my daughter saw studying doesn’t have to be a drag.