This week saw the much-anticipated publication of my Number One new release, Pop Sizzle Boom! 101 Experiments for the Mad Scientist in Every Kid! Covering everything from Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, Magnetism, Electricity, Zoology, and more, this book is geared toward kids who want to head out into the world, follow their curiosity, and experiment their way to thrilling discoveries of how the world works!
Kids have already been diving into this book, experimenting their way through a whole new world with curiosity, creativity, and scientific exploration! We took over ten years of our favorite experiments, projects, and ways to explore the world, and put them all in one place, and the response has been incredible! We’ve gotten some amazing feedback from kids and parents all around the world, and the book was listed as the Number One New Release on Amazon, within just ONE DAY of its release!
It’s been absolutely incredible to see such a warm response from excited kids and parents, who are looking to dive in with curious eyes and get to exploring! Throughout the conversations and amazing feedback, I’ve been seeing the same question pop up from parents of young explorers:
“Are there any experiments I can do with my younger children? Are there any toddler-friendly experiments I can try?”
The answer to this question is a resounding, YES!!! This book was written with the idea that I could try these experiments with my 2-year-old, my 11-year-old, and our teen friends! Heck, even adults who are filled with the all-encompassing desire to explore how the world works with science can find a lifetime of adventure in this book! This is a book that is really meant to stay with your kids as they grow from the tiniest explorers, through curious child wanderers and all the way up to the seasoned teen and adult scientist! With projects that span the ages and interests, this is something your kids can take with them as they embark on a lifelong journey of curiosity and discovery! Of course, in the book, you’ll find detailed explanations of the science behind the experiments, as well as ways kids can take their explorations further if they want to pursue more knowledge. But for those who want to know what their littles explorers can do, here’s a foundation of experiments to get you started!
So, I thought I’d put together a list of toddler-friendly experiments that I’ve done with my 2.5 year old. These are projects that you can start on right away with your little ones, to engage them in a world of science that’s perfectly appropriate for their little hands! You can also adapt many of the other experiments (like Strawberry DNA!) for them. Indeed, most of these experiments I’ve done with Katie since she was about 3 or 4 years old! But these experiments below will be PERFECT for your littlest explorer, and you’ll have plenty of science to share as they grow in a world of wonder and discovery! Instructions can be found inside the book of course, but for those of who with their own copies, who are itching to get started, you can use this as a guide for exploration, right out the gate!
It’s Alive! The Properties of Slime p. 107
What kid doesn’t like to get messy while they’re exploring in a world of science? This slime recipe is perfect for little toddler explorers, because the only ingredients you need is cornstarch, water, and if you want a splash of color, some food coloring! This is totally non-toxic, and perfect for the toddler who not only wants to get their hands in this sticky Non-Newtonian fluid, but will be perfectly safe if it gets in their mouth!
Bouncing Bubbles! p. 193
My toddler LOVES bubbles. Whether we’re at the local library’s storytime, or playing outside on a sunny day, bubbles are always her favorite! With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own super strong bubbles that can grow as big as your kid! Make a bubble wand with straws and string, or pipe cleaners, and you’ve got the recipe for an afternoon of bubble magic that will be sure to delight your little explorer!
Colorful Bubble Art! p. 191
When you’re done making your gigantic super bubbles, come back inside to make some bubble art! Take some paint or food coloring, a bowl, a straw, and some paper, and your toddler will be on her way to making her own creative science art! You can put these on the fridge right next to the finger paints where they can admire their creativity and scientific play!
A Dish of Dancing Rainbows! p. 56
While you’re in the kitchen, grab some milk, food coloring, soap, a plate, and a cotton swab, and watch colors swirl around and dance on your plate, much to the delight of your curious toddler! As fats break apart from milk, and attach themselves to the molecules in the soap, they grab the particles of food coloring for a swirling delight of rainbow dances!
Sample the Earth’s Core! p. 137
If your little one has a big brother or sister who’s looking to explore some geology, try this experiment out! Your kids can take a journey to the center of the Earth with these beautiful rainbow cupcakes! Using straws as coring drills, they can drill samples of the layers of the Earth right out of their cupcakes! Older kids will be fascinated with the geological applications of this project, while toddlers will delight in the beautiful colors while poking their straws through their Earth core cupcakes!
Chocolate Cookie Moon Phases! p. 241
My toddler is absolutely enamored with the bright moon she sees in the night sky. She says “hello moon! How are you doing moon?”, and “good night moon!”, when we see it at night. She loves reading the story “Good Night Moon” before she goes to bed. To her, the moon is a friend that she sees almost every night when we go out for our evening stroll before bed. So it’s no surprise that one of her favorite projects combines two of her great loves – the moon, and cookies, to celebrate science! This can be helpful when your little ones ask why the moon isn’t out during a new moon, or why it looks like it’s smiling in the sky during its crescent phase.
Flashlight Constellations! p. 246
Speaking of the night sky, storytime is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the stars! With these easy project, you can create your own dazzling array of constellations to splash on the walls of your little one’s bedroom! With just a flashlight, some cardstock, and a pushpin, you’ll have the whole universe of beautiful stars right in your bedroom! Combine this with some of the mythology stories around the stars, and your bedtime routine of stories and cuddles can take on a whole new sparkling sweetness!
Build a Marble Run! p. 213
Toddlers LOVE cause and effect, they love being able to have an effect on the world around them, and my little one is no exception! This was one of her favorite projects, as she loved dropping the marble from various heights and watching it roll through the marble run! We added sequin stars and glitter to our track, so when our marble dropped down to the bottom, it caused a splash of sparkles right in front of her!
Whatever Floats Your Boat! p. 185
Does your little one love to take baths? If your toddler loves to bring toys in the bathtub, try making a little boat out of modeling clay! Your toddler can help you press the clay down and mold the edges into a little boat, and they’ll love putting their little toys on the boat! My little one loves to watch her toys float around, and it’s right at the perfect time for imaginative play!
Make Your Own Circuits With Playdoh! p. 207
Speaking of modeling clay, one of my daughter’s favorite projects is the Playdoh Electronics experiment! Parents will need to set up the battery pack, but toddlers can have tons of fun putting little LED lights into the playdoh and watching them light up! As they grow and explore, you can experiment with conductive dough (playdoh) and insulated dough (the recipe is in the book!), where your child can create all kinds of shapes and sculptures that can light up with their lights! This is perfect for making little logs, learning shapes, and experimenting with lights around the holidays!
Cabbage Water Chemistry! p. 58
One of our absolute favorite experiments in our house is the color changing indicator experiment! Using red cabbage, water, and household materials like vinegar, baking powder, and milk, these color changing chemistry experiments are sure to keep your little explorer entertained and engaged as they pour liquids into containers and watch the colors change right before their very eyes! You can adapt this experiment to your toddlers by omitting the cleaning solutions, or use orange or apple juice if you’re concerned about vinegar.
Color Changing Explosions! p. 122
While you’re experimenting with color changing chemistry, you can quickly move to baking soda and vinegar projects with your curious little one! This takes the classic baking soda and vinegar fountain, and adds a color changing twist! Place your baking soda into your indicator solution, and then just add a splash of vinegar! While the foaming fountain splashes, you’ll see colors changing as acids and bases battle it out in the indicator solution!
Fossil Footprints! p.34
My little one absolutely LOVES dinosaurs, and has amassed quite the collection of prehistoric stomping creatures! With this experiment, you can use modeling clay to capture their footprints, and fossilize them with plaster of paris! While the plaster requires parental participation, your toddler will love leaving fossilized footprints of his or her favorite animals! Pair this with their favorite dinosaur books, and you’ve got a wonderful lesson in paleontology!
Frosty the SnowCan! p. 178
Does your little one love to play in the snow? Are they fascinated with snowmen, Jack Frost, and holiday cartoons? If so, this is the perfect activity to cool things down on a hot summer day, or celebrate a little holiday magic all year long! Learn how frost forms, while kids make their own little snowman, and watch ice crystals form before their very eyes! Pair this with a snowy storybook, or some holiday magic, and get their little hands learning with the science of weather and physics!
Pop Sizzle Boom has plenty of ways for your little scientists to take on the world and discover how it works. Whether they’re the littlest toddler explorers, or seasoned kid investigators, this book will keep them busy and curious for years to come! But if you’ve been wondering how you can share in the world of science with your youngest explorers, use this as a guide to discovery with your kids!
You can also try the following experiments with your young explorers!
Fabric Art with Acids and Bases p. 60
Sinking and Floating Eggs p. 64
Playdoh Plate Tectonics p. 142
Balloon Boat Races p. 221
Dropping Meteors on the Moon! p. 239
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