An Aussie primary school teacher/mom has cracked the code to summer fun for the kiddos.
Summer is warming up, but let's face it, not every day is a beach day, and not all of us live close enough to dip our toes in the ocean.
Kayla shares a whole load of sensory play ideas for our young ones to get their hands on this summer, but our personal favourite is this fizzy ocean using the basic kitchen staple of baking soda, water, and the secret elixir – vinegar!
As Kayla discovered in her Instagram video, if you use a good amount of baking soda in water, it won’t fully dissolve creating a layer just waiting for the little ones to fizz.
Scatter a generous amount of baking soda in a play box, add water, and for that authentic ocean vibe, drop in a hint of blue food colouring and viola! You've got an ocean floor.
You’ll notice certain areas where you will still be able to see sediments of baking soda, so grab a syringe, fill it with white vinegar and let your little ones blast it into the water to create a fizzing effect.
Grab a syringe, or anything that can mimic a "jet effect", load it up with white vinegar, and let the kiddos unleash a fizzy frenzy.
The best part about this activity is that it’s the fizz that keeps on fizzing.
“It’s a long-lasting fizz, not just a one-and-done,” Kayla said revealing her kids played with their ocean for an hour.
That sure beats the erupting volcanos we made as kids!
Plus, the kids using both hands to spray their ocean are practising bilateral coordination which means the kids are using both sides of their body during the STEM activity.
According to TKI: “STEM learning applies meaningful maths, science, and technology content to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning activities and creative design.
It’s great for a variety of ages - even us kids at heart - so I’ll be heading out to grab everything we need for our very own fizzy ocean this weekend.