Coronavirus Quarantine Activities for Kids Day 1: Leprechaun Sand

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! With everyone under self quarantine, I’ve been scrambling to look for things to do with my three year-old. I decided I’d like to something once a day with arts and crafts and one science activity (overachieving mom here🤪) so I took to Pinterest.

If you’ve ever used Pinterest you’d know there’s a lot of things you can do and find there. On my search I found many crafts for St. Patrick’s Day and one science related activity. The  science activity was pretty basic but, I had never thought to do something like this and it provided endless entertainment for my son! It’s called leprechaun sand.

Leprechaun sand consists of 6 total items, three of which are the actual experiment.

You’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Green food coloring
  • A tray or bin
  • A small cup
  • An eye dropper or a syringe

First fill the tray with a thin layer of baking soda. Then in your cup mix some vinegar and green food coloring. After that, you’ll want to fill your eye dropper or syringe with your vinegar mixture, and add few drops at a time drop it into the baking soda. You don’t need a lot of vinegar but depending on how much you use will determine the consistency of the sand. Watch your child’s eyes fill with amazement at the magic that is baking soda+vinegar! Once you’ve ooo-ed and ahh-ed at the fizzing, mix it all together and you’ve got leprechaun sand!

I put a piece of butchers paper under the tray as well in attempt to contain the mess a little, but keep a vacuum close by for after play time clean up because this is MESSY. Not to worry though because the vacuum did clean it up beautifully.

I hope you enjoyed my science experiment write up as much as we enjoyed playing with it, and I hope you and your child can enjoy it together as well! Keep an eye out for more posts coming because ya know…we’re all kinda stuck here!

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