This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Pinkalicious by Victoria Khan. Check out our fizzing pinkalicious cupcake experiment. It’s a simple science sensory investigation that kids will love. Affiliate links are included in this post. Clicking on the book titles or covers will take you to Amazon.
Pinkalicious by Victoria Khan
Pinkalicious is about a little girl who loves the color pink. She and her mom make cupcakes and of course she requests them to be pink. When she eats a few too many cupcakes, she turns the color pink. The doctor tells her the only way to return to normal is to stay away from pink food and eat green vegetables. Pinkalicious likes being pink so she pretends to eat her veggies and sneaks another pink cupcake instead. She wakes up the next morning RED. Not what she had intended…
Fizzing Pinkalicious Cupcake Experiment
I challenged 6 year old Aiden to create fizzing pinkalicious cupcakes with the ingredients provided. What combination produces the best/most fizz?
Here’s what I set out:
- Baking soda
- Corn starch
- Water (with magenta washable watercolors)
- Vinegar (also with magenta washable watercolors)
I told Aiden that he would need to combine the flour, baking soda, corn starch, salt, and/or water to create a sort of dough that he could put into the cupcake liners. Then, he would add the vinegar to make it fizz. He thought about how much of each ingredient he wanted to add and got to work.
He decided he needed to add all of the ingredients in order to make a good cupcake.
He added water a spoonful at a time and stirred until he got the consistency he wanted.
Then, he poured the cupcake batter (it was much looser than a dough) into the silicone liners. Aiden noted that the batter was similar to oobleck. We talked about why (it has cornstarch and water in it).
Next, he added the vinegar and waited for the fizz.
Nice. Repeat with the next cupcake.
He made a new mixture with all 5 ingredients. This time he used more baking soda. He thought more baking soda would result in more fizzing because it’s the baking soda that reacts with the vinegar. (He’s done enough baking soda and vinegar investigations to know this.)
I love how this science experiment allows kids to be in control of the design. They decide what they want to change and predict what the outcome will be.
More Ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more activities inspired by Pinkalicious:
Pinkalicious Sand Tray for Pre-wriiting Practice from Rainy Day Mum
Pinkalicious Roll & Count Playdough Cupcakes from I Can Teach My Child
Pink Themed Sensory Bin by 3 Dinosaurs
Pinkalicious Cupcake Popsicle Snack from Growing Book by Book
Pinkalicious Preschool Activity: Foamy Color Mixing! from Mom Inspired Life
Instant Froyo Cones from Mama Miss
Pinkalicious Sensory Alphabet Game from The Educators’ Spin On It
Also stop by the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page to see what others are sharing!
Next month we’ll be featuring Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. See our entire Virtual Book Club for Kids book list here.
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