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Dinosaur Eruptions Science Activities for Preschoolers

Kids will love playing dinosaurs with the added excitement of  baking soda and vinegar eruptions with this engaging dinosaur activities for preschoolers. Learn about these fascinating historic animals with this dinosaurs for kids play and learn with the added fun of a dinosaur science activity. From a baking soda and vinegar volcano to silly fizzing feet, this baking soda and vinegar experiment is loads of fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students.
Kids will love playing dinosaurs with the added excitement of  baking soda and vinegar eruptions with this engaging dinosaur activities for preschoolers. Learn about these fascinating historic animals with this dinosaurs for kids play and learn with the added fun of a dinosaur science activity. From a baking soda and vinegar volcano to silly fizzing feet, this baking soda and vinegar experiment is loads of fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. 

Dinosaur Activities for Preschoolers

Young kids will love exploring, playing, and learning about dinosaurs for preschool with this EPIC dinosaur play! In this baking soda and vinegar experimenttoddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students will get to pretend play with dinosaurs in a sensory bin for kids that not only allows for creativity, but includes a fun science activity for preschoolers too! In this dinosaur activities for preschoolers – the volcano can errupt and when the dinosaurs come out of the blue lake, their feet will carry the vinegar to the baking soda sand creating a chemical reaction that creates fun fizzing action for kids!

Dinosaur Sensory Bin

Dinosaur Sensory Bin

This sensory bin for toddlers was super easy to set-up. I filled a plastic bin with baking soda (which was the sand for the dinosaurs) added dinosaurs, an erupting volcano, and an interactive pond.

Supplies:

  • large plastic storage tote (any size can be used, we used one that was 3 feet wide, 1.5 feet deep, and 1 foot tall)
  • baking soda – you will need 3 boxes (but dont’ worry you can get them for $0.50 a box at Walmart)
  • small plastic food storage (sandwich size)
  • 1-2 cups vinegar
  • food coloring (red and blue)
  • playdough (storebought, clay, paper mache, or our playdough recipe)
  • dinosaur figures (such as these dinosaur toob or these larger dinosaur figures)

Erupting Volcano for Tots Preschool Kindergarten

Volcano Activity for Toddlers

The volcano was a small water bottle that I filled with warm water and a couple drops of red food coloring until only 2” were empty. Then I added 4-5 drops dish detergent. I put the lid on and placed it in the baking soda and surrounded it with a batch of homemade playdough (here is my recipe).

Baking soda and vinegar experiment

Note: If I had planned ahead more we might have covered it with paper mache or clay so it would have been a harder surface and we would have painted it darker as a contrast, but this worked. I actually sprinkled it with some spices to add some green and a nice smell.

When the kids were ready to make the volcano erupt I removed the lid and added 2-3 tab baking powder and 2 TAB vinegar.  The kids were able to make the volcano erupt about 7 times – they loved this part!

Interactive Dinosaur Pond for Sensory Play

Dinosaur activity for toddlers

I added a small plastic container filled with vinegar, blue food coloring, and peppermint extract (to mask the vinegar smell) to make the pond. The reason this was so interactive was that when the kids had the dinosaurs go in the pond they got vinegar on their feet which would cause a bubbling scientific reaction when the dinosaurs stood back on the baking soda!

Fizzy Dinosaur Footprints The footprints were pretty cool too!
Science Fun with Dinosaur Sensory Bin with Erupting Volcano My kids were thoroughly enthralled with the chemical reactions first – wanting to see the volcano erupt over and over and giving each dinosaur extensive baths!

my daughter loved the pink eruptions  my toddler wanted to make a mess =)

Then they actually began had more involved play with dinosaurs having families and running from the volcano. It was over 60 minutes of interactive FUN!

 

By the end of their playtime they had created some beautiful rivers and some lovely purple from the mixing of the blue pond and red volcano. I guess we got a lesson in color mixing too!

look how pretty with the color mixing  now we have a river

I recommend playing in play clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. My kiddos hands were slightly blue after their hour+ of play time, but they were back to normal by the next day. Their clothes also came clean, but again, I recommend play clothes or playing with the bin in the bath time in swimsuits.
slightly blue hands after play
This was just one of the fun things we did for our Dinosaur Unit. See all our dinosaur fun by clicking on the bone below:

dinosaur science play dinosaur-color-by-number dinosaur themed worksheets

Dinosaur Printables

If you are looking for other fun, free dinosaur printables to make learning fun with a dinosaur theme you will love these resources:

This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever!   Look-Inside-a-Volcano-Activity Kids are going to love this really fun Frozen Rainbow Eruptions science activity where kids will make beautiful rainbows as they create a chemical reaction! This baking soda and vinegar experiment! This rainbow activities for preschoolers usese a couple simple materials for a mesmerizing, colorful preschool summer activity! Use this rainbow science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders.

Baking Soda Vinegar Experiment

There are so many fun ways to play and teach kids about chemical reactions using a baking soda and vinegar reaction. Here are some of our favorite baking soda and vinegar activities.

This outrageously FUN Exploding Snowman is a fun winter science experiment for kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. This STEM experiment is super simple to try using common materials you already have in your kitchen! Use this as a snowman activity to teach kids a little chemistry with this baking soda and vinegar experiment. dancing hearts valentines day science experiment This super cute and simple Valentines Day Science Experiment is sure to impress your kids. Leave your toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders a secret message to be revlealed in the valentines day activity. This valentines day science idea is outrageously fun and EASY to try this February! This magical Melting Christmas tree project is sure to bring some magic and fun into your day this holiday seasons! Try this simple, easy Christmas Science Experiments with preschoolers, kindergartners, toddlers, and grade 1 students to sneak in some fun Christmas Learning! This Chemistry Christmas tree is such a fun Christmas activity for kids to try this holiday season!

Baking soda and vinegar reaction

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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