Though we love ourselves a good car painting session, we hadn't really involved our cars in our sensory or small world play. But we had so much fun with our Fizzy Foaming Car Wash a few weeks back that I just had to think up another car activity! And thus Fizzy Car Rescue was created.
You see folks, those cars are stuck. VERY stuck. Lucky for them, I happen to know a little girl who is quite talented at rescuing, and subsequently washing, cars.
To create the rescue scenario, you'll need some matchbox cars (these are the $1 variety) and some baking soda. If you're not familiar with making baking soda dough, I have a short tutorial with pictures in the beginning of my Fizzing Hidden Ocean World post. I was all ready to go with some scented vinegar for the rescue when I saw Learn Play Imagine's post on Giant Kool Aid Eruptions and I learned that Kool Aid will react with baking soda the same as vinegar would (she has a great explanation in her post). So I could just use plain Kool Aid to rescue our cars! How cool is that?
We decided to mix up some pink Kool Aid in two squeezy condiment bottles and blue Kool Aid in the other two bottles so we could add in a little color mixing. I used one packet of Kool Aid per squeezy bottle and added water to fill; however we've done this activity since and I used a half-packet of Kool Aid per squeezy bottle and it worked just as well (and we could still smell the lovely scent).
As S added the blue Kool Aid, I asked her what color mixing the "red" and the blue would make and she surprised me by correctly guessing purple!
Squeezy bottles are so great! We use them all the time and they help hone those fine motor muscles - bonus!
It was so cool to see the bubbling and smell the delicious Kool Aid scents. The baking soda dough began cracking very dramatically.
The whole time S was SO. EXCITED. She was concentrated and focused on RESCUING.THOSE.CARS.MAMA!!!!!
Once she'd used up all her Kool Aid, she began plucking the cars free.
Once they were all free, she scooped big handfuls of baking soda out into the bin with the overflow Kool Aid. Some of the baking soda hadn't yet reacted and it bubbled and fizzed as she broke it up.
She used the baking soda "soap" to give the cars a thorough scrubbing.
Once she felt they were clean enough, she scooped the baking soda into small islands like she did when we played with Fizzy Rainbow Slush and had a good long imaginative scenario play out with her newly rescued and cleaned cars.
As I mentioned above, though we did this activity a few days ago, we've already repeated it - it's a BIG hit around here. It's super easy to set up and SO fun. You could stick just about anything in the dough - dinosaurs, horses, etc, etc. It's so much fun! If you don't want to use scented products or don't have access to Kool Aid, vinegar works perfectly well instead. :)
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.
Glad to see this actually works!!ReplyDelete
Kool Aid and baking soda? Yep!!!Delete
LOVE the rescue idea. My boys would really get a kick out of this. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Allison! And thank you for teaching me about the magic of Kool Aid and baking soda!!!! :)Delete
Wow, this is incredible, I can't wait to try it with my son!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Amy! So fun and it smelled delicious!!!! :) We hope you guys love it as much as we do!Delete
What a fun idea for outside - thanks so much! Pinned!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Anna! And thank you so much for pinning!!! :)Delete
I can't believe Kool-Aid is going on my shopping list...looks like fun!ReplyDelete
Bwhahahaha! Best comment ever! People look at me like I might need an intervention because I buy so much all at once!Delete
Hi, Asia, I loooove this idea -- I tried your Ocean bin -- tried to put the toobs in the baking soda/water but they never got hard -- they are still soft. It was still fun, but this car idea then wouldn't work -- what am I doing wrong?? I tried to use very little water... Thanks for such great ideas :)ReplyDelete
Hi Amy! How strange. Water will evaporate over time and the baking soda will dry out - unless maybe you live somewhere very humid? It takes a full 24 hours for ours to dry, but it's just the nature of things - something that's wet that we leave out will dry. All I can think of is that the air is too humid where you live, so it's not able to dry out? Not sure... :(Delete
Yes, I had it in my basement for about a week, so maybe it was humid out there. I'll try it again! Thanks for the reply! I'm posting about this on my site tomorrow :)Delete
That must have been it! And awesome!!!!Delete
Thanks for linking this fun post to Tuesday Tots! I have featured it this week :)ReplyDelete
Hooray! Thank you, Debs! This is one of my favorite activities!!! :)Delete
Loved doing this at the preschool camp at church! The kids loved it!!ReplyDelete
YAY! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me! This one is one of my favorites. :) :) :)Delete