Exploring Science with Toys

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Baking soda can do some amazing things to your children's activities or projects. Mixing a liquid with a solid can form a gas. That may sound boring, but it can be a lot of fun to watch. The various chemical properties of baking soda make for some interesting rainy-day projects for kids and may just pique an interest in science. Build a volcano, make a picture frame, or create a piece of jewelry. In this article, you will see many tips with baking soda to demonstrate some basic principles of science or just to have some fun. Let's start with some simple projects.

Jumping seeds: Dissolve a 2/3 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup of water in a large glass. Add apple seeds from one apple and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, then stir the mixture. The bubbles will carry the seeds up and down.

Magic beans: Fill a vase with water, add food coloring and 1/4 cup of vinegar, then add 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Drop in the buttons, rice, or pasta, and watch them rise and fall like magic.