For Discover & Explore this week we’d love to see all of your fabulous winter related activities and ideas. I had a cute little winter craft planned–that we might get to one day this winter–but instead I decided to have a little fun with Lovey. She’s getting to the age where she understands humor and a good trick now and then. This hot chocolate “surprise” was my way of breaking up long day inside and having a good laugh together. You can do it just for fun or incorporate a little science discussion, too.
While the girls were in another room playing I asked them if they’d like to make some hot chocolate. Umm! Did I have to ask? After cheers of glee, I discreetly set up the materials for our surprise.
In the bottom of her cup I put some baking soda (about 1/4 cup, maybe). Then I covered it with powdered hot cocoa mix. Then I poured some vinegar into the pitcher (okay, not technically a pitcher but we use it as one because it is easiest for the girls to pour). I was afraid that the smell might tip her off to my trick, so I distracted her with a plate of marshmallows.
If you’re kids are familiar with vinegar and baking sodas and you’re afraid they will notice the smell, you could always pour it for them–you’ll get the same surprised effect and you can play it up a bit, too.
I wasn’t sure how much of a mess this would make, so I placed a towel underneath our materials. We ended up not needing it.
After I invited the girls over, Lovey was relatively bored with making the hot chocolate herself. But it was great to watch her face progress from bored to intrigued, and finally to total shock as she poured the vinegar in slowly.
She realized I had played a trick on her. On the other hand, Tinker was a little alarmed. She kept asking what’s wrong with the hot “choc-it” and saying she didn’t want any.
Lovey kept adding the vinegar to see how high she could get the cocoa to bubble.
And what’s hot chocolate without marshmallows? They had fun adding the marshmallows to the picture…until they realized they couldn’t eat them once they were in there. Then they preferred to keep them.
Tasty hot chocolate anyone?
What fun ways have you played tricks on your little ones? How do you add a little laughter to your days? We had so much fun with this easy activity that I’d love to try some new “tricks” soon.
Now it’s your turn. We’d love for you to share how you
Discover & Explore: Winter
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