Friday, January 17, 2014

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Love Potions Valentine Science Experiment for Preschoolers

Love is in the air!!  Experiments, pipettes, explosions, reactions, and colors are super popular around here, so we had a love-potion-mixing Valentine Science Experiment Day!  

My preschoolers loved mixing the different potions, and once they discovered which combinations made which reactions, they repeated their favorites over and over and over! 

The scooping, pouring, and using spoons and pipettes are excellent fine-motor practice.  The experimenting and analyzing help develop cause and effect concepts.  And the fizzing, foaming color is just fun for everyone!!  

You can also have a Love Potions Valentine Science Experiment Day with your preschoolers...or older kids! Everyone loves a little love explosion!  Here's what you need:

Simple Supplies:

  • little cups to hold all the potions
  • fancy cups for your Valentine brew (we used candle holders)
  • pans, buckets, or a sink to catch the explosions
  • red Kool-Aid
  • green Kool-Aid
  • vinegar
  • dish soap
  • red food coloring
  • baking soda
  • pipettes
  • spoons

Easy How-to:

1.  In advance, set up the experiment table.  Place small amounts of red Kool-aid, red vinegar (vinegar and red food coloring), clear vinegar, dish soap, and baking powder in the small cups.  Place your love potion mixing bowls in a pan at each child station.  Place pipettes and spoons at each child station.  Invite your little scientists to the Love Potion Valentine Science Experiment table!

2.  We love fizzing science experiments, vinegar, and baking powder, so my kiddos have lots of practice with pipettes and were excited to get started!  If this is something new for your children, show them how to use the pipettes and explain that some of the cups have things in them that will react and make awesome love potions (or Valentine's Potions, if you prefer).  Let the kids explore their own science experiment!

Some will start out carefully:

Some will get a little more enthusiastic:

But everyone will love their Love Potion results!

If your kiddos love science, be sure to check out my collection of  more than 150 preschool science experiments and preschool science activities!

Have you started doing Valentine activities?  Be sure to check out these Valentine posts:

And if you like fizzing science, here are some of our top science experiments:

Happy Educating, Carla

I may share at any of these parties!