30 Days to Hands on Play : Concoctions

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30 days to hands on play


mixing concoctions experiment
Mixing together a few ingredients, creating a concoction that does wonders.

Your kids will love this challenge!
And learn a little about science in the process.

Vinegar and Baking Soda.
Oh the magic.

Adding a little color to it adds a whole new element of fun!
Mixing and dropping the vinegar in and watching it explode.
It never gets old. (Even for the adults!)

We used four jars and added food coloring in the bottom of each.
Henry added some a lot of baking soda to each jar.
We then poured in the vinegar, over and over.
First starting with little squirts and watching it fizz.
Eventually building up to the explosions!

“Do it again!” was a popular phrase while mixing our concoctions.

mixing concoctions

This ‘Challenge’ is meant to get you started, to spark your creativity with your kids (and their creativity!). Your child may not be interested in this specific challenge, and that’s okay! Have another go at a previous challenge, or don’t be afraid to just sit and play with them and see where they lead you.

Spend (at least) 15 minutes of uninterrupted* time mixing concoctions with your kids.

Concoct a mixture of ingredients you have in your cupboard (flour, spices, sugar, cornflour, cornmeal), or vinegar and water. Explore how they combine and what happens. Stir and mix, or squirt and spray. Add color to make it interesting if you choose!

(*uninterrupted : being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, etc.)


  • Spread baking soda on a tray and squirt on colored vinegar. (See Kids Experiment)
  • Pour milk in a shallow tray, add food coloring in the center. Dip a Q-Tip in dish soap and touch the center of the milk and watch it spread.
  • Mix cornflour and water, its a fun mixture!
  • Mix everyday household ingredients and ‘make’ something up! (See Stirring & Mixing)

A badge for you to share that you’re taking part in the Play Challenge!
Share it and be proud to play!

Its not too late to get started!
See what this challenge is all about and how you can join in:
30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge.
Jump in at any time, or go back and start from the beginning!

What kind of concoctions will you create?

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  1. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Ironically, we did some baking soda and vinegar experimenting recently. I was going to post about it, but never did! Now I have inspiration to post it!

  2. Smile&Nodd says

    We did ours today, it was so much fun watching the kids faces as they dumped more baking soda in and watched it foam! I have photos of all my challenges (minus the kids sadly due to regs) but the activities will all be there in my FB album to remember the next time I am puzzled about what we should do to play that day. :) thanks so much for all the great ideas!

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