As a kid, Valentines wasn’t all that to me. I mean it was fun because I got candy and gifts from my mom. I liked that.
However, I want to try to take valentines and turn it into another way to help Little A learn. I know, I’m a demon. But Little A doesn’t think so. This experiment is designed to help make valentines for kids a little more enjoyable though. Little A absolutely loved it. I think she would totally recommend any parent trying it with their little.
So let’s jump in!
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I wanted to do something fun, yet simple on Little A’s level as a fun Valentines experiment. Valentines for kids, especially ones as little as her, I’m never quite sure how to make it special. So I have decided to do crafts and experiments for her to make it more memorable and fun.
This passed week I decided to take the typical “vinegar makes baking soda go ‘boom'” experiment and spice it up.
I headed to the local grocery store, picked up some kool-aid. I, like most probably do, already had baking soda and vinegar on hand as well as some glitter.
The Setup & Experiment
It was super simple to setup and cleanup. I used small plastic cups that I had from forever ago. I put them in a casserole bowl I had to catch the mess.
Then I put the baking soda in the cup for Little A to keep from her spilling it on the floor and the dog, who has to always be under her feet, eat it, I also added the koolaid in there for her. However, if I redid this experiment, I would get salt shakers from the dollar tree and let her sprinkle it in there herself.
After that I handed her a cup with vinegar and let her pour it in!
Here is a video I put together. You can see that even about the 10th time she did it, she still LOVED it.
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This valentines for kids experiment holds some great cognitive development skills such as:
- Follows Directions
- Completes Task
- Observe Differences – “What happens when you pour a little vinegar vs. a lot?”
- Small motor skills – pouring glitter and vinegar
- Understand Cause & Effect
What do you do to make Valentines for kids more exciting?
I would also love to hear any thoughts or comments you have on this experiment. If you do try it with your little, I would love to see photos and hear stories on how they liked it!