Real reactions

You’re never too young to start learning about science! Even toddlers and preschoolers can experiment and investigate real reactions using safe household products.


colorful-chemistryColorful chemistry

Discover how mixing an acid and a base creates an explosion of color. In a pie tin or a dish with high sides, sprinkle the bottom with baking soda. Next, fill 2-4 cups with white vinegar and add a few drops of food coloring to each cup. Use spoons or basters to drop colored vinegar onto the baking soda and see what happens.




oobleckSticky states of matter

Make some Oobleck by mixing 1 cup of water and 1 1/2 cups cornstarch in a plastic baggie. Add some food coloring of your choice and then squish with your hands until the contents are mixed well. Pinch, poke, pull, pour and scrape it – how does it respond? Is it a solid or liquid?


Prior to mixing the materials together, make observations and predict what might happen. In science, this guess is called a hypothesis. Was your hypothesis correct?


Provided by the Thinkery. Visit the Thinkery to explore more hands-on science experiences for early learners. Visit for more information on programs and activities.

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