I am so excited to share this next activity. This was one of Rosie's all time favorites so far and it really is sure to delight and WOW any child. Rosie loved the Chocolate treasures so much from our Love Lab that she immediately asked to do the experiment again. This is what I came up with the second time.
MAGIC Rainbow Treasure Rocks
Magic FIZZING Rainbow Rocks with treasures hidden inside!
What kid wouldn't love magic rocks that have treasures hidden inside? Rosie was seriously in awe! Making the treasure rocks is easy and the activity has elements of Science, sensory, and imaginative play, too.
To make Magic Treasure Rocks you will need:
- Baking Soda
- Food Coloring
- Glitter (optional)
In a bowl mix a few drops of food coloring into baking soda. If you want to make RAINBOW rocks like we did you will need to mix each color separately Slowly add water to the bowl, mixing in-between. It is easy to add to much water so you definitely want to add it slowly. You want to add enough so that the baking soda is moldable and holds it's shape. If you add too much water the baking soda won't mold.
Once mixed mold into balls, hiding treasures inside. Then lay your baking soda rocks out to dry. Once dry you can either give them right to your child OR you can bury them and let your child find them.
A back yard treasure hunt adds to the fun but either way is sure to blow the kids away so definitely don't wait for sunshine or Summer to make up a batch of these. You can always make them again! Given that it is Winter here I buried Rosie's rocks in our gardening sensory bin for her to find. She had lots of fun finding the rocks but it was what happened after that really blew her away.
I set Rosie up with a bowl of vinegar, a pipette, and a spray bottle of vinegar. You can get vinegar by the gallon at Walmart for under $3. I placed the MAGIC Treasure Rocks in a shallow dish and Rosie got to exploring.
The more vinegar Rosie sprayed the more the rocks "magically" fizzed
Rosie was so excited and sprayed LOTS of vinegar!
Since we had just had fun with the chocolate treasures Rosie knew there was treasure in the rocks and was anxious to get it out. So began the excavating!
Tossing the rocks into the bowl of vinegar made beautiful ERUPTIONS
Looking for treasures
This play time was so beautiful!
After Rosie dropped a few of the MAGIC rocks in the bowl of vinegar the vinegar lost it's "magic" so Rosie excavated the rest of the treasures with her hands. She had a ball!
Once All the treasures had been found I gave them a quick rinse
Then Rosie spent the morning pretending to be a pirate, one of her favorite roles.
Photo from Summer time
This activity was seriously AWESOME!
I would have loved this as a kid and I hope your kids do too!
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