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Toddler activity: fizzy fun for everyone



Engage curiosity with this creative concoction from Bright Ideas for young minds, a new book compiled by Kiwi early childhood educators and experts.

ERUPTING CHALK ICE
This activity creates a sense of wonder as your child experiments with icy chalk, creating pictures that fizz when vinegar is added.

You will need:
🔹 
¼ cup baking soda
🔹 ¼ cup cornflour
🔹 ½ cup water|
🔹Two bowls
🔹 Food colouring or watercolour paint – enough to colour the mixture
🔹 Ice cube tray
🔹 Freezer
🔹 Concreted area
🔹 Vinegar
🔹 Old clothing or waterproof apron for your child (this can get messy!) 

Method:

  1. Mix together baking soda, cornflour and water. Split the mixture into two separate bowls. Add a few drops of different-coloured food colouring or watercolour paint to each bowl. Pour each coloured mixture into separate ice cube trays and freeze.
  2. Once frozen, pop out the ice cube colours into separate bowls. The ice can be used like chalk to draw on concrete and will dry into a chalky texture. The different colours will look gorgeous as they melt and blend into each other.
  3. Ask your child to separate out a couple of the ice cubes and, together, pour a little vinegar onto the ice to watch the bubbly reaction. Alternatively, pour a little vinegar onto your child’s chalk art and watch the fizz.

 

Extract from Bright Ideas for Young Minds: 70 Step-By-Step Activities To Do At Home With Your Child, $39.95, Mary Egan Publishers.

 



  




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