These two STEM experiments are such a great way to explore the shape of a heart through science.
Frozen Fizzy Hearts// In a bowl mix baking soda, water, and Colorations Liquid Water Colors. Fill silicone heart mounds and place in freezer over night. In a sensory bin of tray provide pipettes, basters, or these twisty droppers and a cup or two of vinegar. Place the frozen hearts in the tray and invite the children to experiment with the chemicals to make fizzy hearts!
As they squirt the components away they will experience seeing and creating a chemical reaction. This gives the opportunity to explore their environments as they learn about cause and effect, cycles of nature, the ability to make comparisons, chemical and physical reactions and exposure to the properties of matter.
Frozen Heart Flower Excavation// Once your Valentine’s Day flowers are on their way out freeze them in heart moulds for an excavation experiment. Provide water and pipettes, basters, or these twisty droppers. Invite the the child excavate and release the flowers.
There is so much science, water play, cognitive and fine motor development all packed into this invitation! A child is able to explore and finding a deeper connection with nature.
Through these types of invitations children build a foundation for future scientific learning. As curiosity builds through science experiments, children learn to be patient with projects that take time and how to make decisions based on the data that they gather. Developing this ability to understand the likeness and differences between things builds a science base as well as a skill for future math and reading skills.