This activity is a bit of science and a bit of pretend play rolled in to one. It came about because I had been intending on doing a baking soda fizzing activity with Miss K for a while now and I also remembered reading this gorgeous Wizard’s Brew Sensory Play post on One Perfect Day at around this time last year. This gave me the idea of creating a bubbling brew for Miss K to have some fun with, and have fun with it she did!
It’s very easy to create your own Bubbling Brew at home, this is what you’ll need:
• 2L bottle of white cleaning vinegar (or the cheapest vinegar you can buy)
• Baking Soda (we used about half of a 500g box)
• Food colouring
• Plastic creepy crawlies and snakes
• Props from the kitchen: A large pot, a wooden spoon, a table spoon, bowls and a measuring jug
To make the bubbling brew first pour 4 cups of water into the large pot, and stir in 3 heaped tablespoons of baking soda. Then add a few drops of food colouring and the plastic creepy crawlies.
We had some awesome fizzing reactions!
You can keep adding tablespoons of baking soda and cups of vinegar as much as you like. Miss K used up all of the 2L bottle of vinegar and also finished off the box of baking soda which was about half full to begin with. I’m sure she would have kept going much longer if she could have!
Once the supplies were all gone she made a great game of serving the “poison stew”, as she called it, into plastic bowls for pretend dinners. This kept her busy for a good half hour after our activity was over – she really didn’t want me to pack it away.