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Your toddler will enjoy seeing the magic raisins dance with this simple activity.
You will need:
a glass or clear plastic cup,
2/3 raisins, sultanas or currants
2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
2 tablespoons vinegar
Pour water into the glass until it is 3/4 full. Pop the raisins in. Wait expectantly for the raisins to move (they won't yet). Add the vinegar and bicarb and stir. Soon, bubbles of carbon dioxide will attach themselves to the raisins and lift them up to the surface. Once there, the bubbles will pop and the raisins will become heavier than the liquid and will drop down again. How many times will your raisins rise and fall before they get too tired to move?
Sort it out!
This activity is great for the development of fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination, identification of colours, letters, shapes and sizes. You can adapt the objects in the bowl to suit the age of the child (make them bigger for younger children and smaller for more of a challenge).
Here I gave my son a bowl filled with pom-poms, wooden letters and coloured rice. He also had three different sized empty jars and various 'tools' to use to separate them.
As we were playing I was setting him little challenges like, 'Can you find a 'd' in the bowl?' 'How many pom-poms can you scoop in one go?' 'How could you separate the rice from the other things without using your hands?'