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|FUN|mad science day

Last week I had to swap one of T's nursery days as I had to work on Friday, unfortunately I had to swap his jeans for genes science day which meant that he missed out on the experiments he was so looking forward to.  Spurred on even more after watching an alvin and the chipmunk episode wherethey conduct experiments he asked for a 'mad science day'.  As I'd changed his plans due to my job, I couldn't resist.

I came up with a few simple 'experiments' as we had made bicarbonate of soda eruptions at our valentines play date I avoided anything with bicarb.

WARNING! This post is photo heavy!

First T insisted on putting on his 'science coat' which a basically a white shirt which is a little too big!  He also found his 3D cinema glasses in his dressing up box and put them on.

I set everything out on the table for 4 experiments.

First we used Cola to clean some copper coins.  I set out the 3 things T would need for this experiment  and asked T what he thought we were doing.

We talked about how dirty the coins were and how clean we thought they'd get after being soaked in the cola.

T poured the cola into the glass and dropped in the coins.  We set the timer to check them in 4 hours.

When we checked on them, they were so much cleaner.

Our second experiment was the dancing raisin experiment.  

T poured in the lemonade and then added the raisins.

We watched them dance up and down and talked about why the raisins were lifting up and then going down, T correctly identified the cause as the bubbles making them rise and when they pop the raisins falling, I was really proud he actually lptook the time to observe long enough to understand what was happening.

Our next experiment was colour mixing, we first mixed food colouring in some old plastic test tubes I had sprinkles in.  We mixed red, blue and yellow.

T then mixed the colours in the large glasses red and blue, red and yellow and blue and yellow.

T couldn't resist swirling round the glasses like a real scientist!  We discussed what colour we thought would be created and T came up with the idea to pour all the colours in one glass which he called 'his cola' because it was the same colour as the cola that we used for the penny experiment.

Our last experiment was the swirling colours experiment with milk, food colouring and washing up liquid.

The pictures just don't do it justice, after adding the food colouring, T added a tiny drop of washing up liquid and the coloured swirled around in lovely patterns, he really loved this one!

I hope you enjoyed our impromptu mad scientist day as much as we did.


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  1. wonderful post - I've shared this in a couple of Home Ed groups too x

  2. You certainly have a scientist in the making there!

  3. This is so cool! Will try the dancing raisin experiment with my daughter. We have done the color mixing and milk-color-and dishwashing liquid before. The colors turn out amazing don't they.


  4. Great experiments. Lots of fun! A scientist in the making! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  5. Great experiments. Lots of fun! A scientist in the making! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  6. What a fab day with lots of fun science. Lovely to see him dressed up, getting really involved too. My son loves science experiments too.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  7. This looks like great fun and educational too. I bet your son loved it! #ToddlerapprovedTuesday

  8. This looks like such a fun thing to do - my little one loves doing experiements! #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  9. What a great idea!! My Harry would love this one! I'm going to save it for a rainy day. Love the science outfit too! Ha Ha :) xx

  10. Great experiments and very educational, I wonder if coke cleans my tummy the same way? #Twinklytuesday

  11. What a great set of experiments! Really good fun with lots of learning opportunities too. Love the outfit!! Thanks for sharing/hosting #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  12. Love, love, love that you did this for him. I'm sure it will be a day that he remembers always. My son recently asked for a "Harry Potter Day!" Fun times we're had by all. Thanks for sharing at the Let Kids Be Kids Linky.

  13. I love this post! What a cool idea, and I love that he got dressed as a scientist with his 'lab coat' and goggles! Will definitely keep these experiments in mind for when Tyler is older. Sabrina xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  14. Looks like you had a great time, and I especially love his science outfit. Great ideas to keep him busy and engaged, Becky x ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  15. I can not wait until Monkey is old enough to do this, such great ideas and he looks like he had a great time - thank you for the inspiration :) and for hosting #Toddlerapprovedtuesday

  16. Oh these are great and as my son loves science I will definitely be testing these out! Thank you! Great idea for the white coat too! #twinklytuesday

  17. Oh these are fab, I am definitely going to be trying these with Zach! This is defo one to bookmark! It looks like he had so much fun too and was really interested and involved. Fab :) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  18. Cool! I had been wanting to try the milk experiment with O too, it looks like fun! I will definitely be trying some of these with him as well. Thanks for sharing! :) x

  19. I love these ideas. Science experiments has been on my list forever but I never seem to get round to it. Bet T had a lot of fun! #Toddlerapprovedtuesday

  20. Oh this looks like a lot of fun! I've seen the milk experiment doing the rounds, it's so pretty to watch. I like the idea of the cola one too, cola is horrid for your insides haha, I have used it to remove blood stains before! T looks so happy & he definitely looks the part. ;) Rayxx #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  21. Brilliant experiments; thanks so much for sharing ... this is definitely one to return to on my parenting journey. You must have had such fun; lovely pictures and easy-to-follow write up :-) #CommentLuv


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