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Toddler Activity Fail: Making a Corn Syrup and Water Sensory Bottle

Unlike oil and water, corn syrup and water do mix. In my quest to do more activities with my toddler daughter, she and I have been experimenting with different substances inside sensory bottles. I vaguely remember, when I was a kid, making some sort of bottle using corn syrup. So, one of the sensory bottles that my daughter and I recently made consisted of water, corn syrup, and food coloring.

Although combining all the ingredients inside the sensory bottle was easy, I soon realized that the results were not as I hoped. Although the corn syrup stayed separated for a little while, the water-based syrup quickly mixed with the water as my daughter shook the bottle. Soon the corn syrup was completely dissolved in the water. Even after the bottle sat undisturbed overnight, the corn syrup and water remained mixed.

My daughter and I did learn a fun scientific fact: Corn syrup and water mix. Unlike oil, corn syrup is water-based and therefore mixes with water. However, our corn syrup and water sensory bottle was not a complete bust. Now my daughter has a plain purple bottle to play with in addition to her other more complex sensory bottles. And she sure does love shaking up the liquid!

Empty Water Bottle

Pouring Corn Syrup in the Bottle

Adding Food Coloring to the Corn Syrup

Adding Water to the Corn Syrup

Purple Water and Corn Syrup Sensory Bottle

Have any of the activities that you attempted with you kids been a complete failure?

Image Credits

Empty Water Bottle © 2013 Heather Johnson
Pouring Corn Syrup in the Bottle © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding Food Coloring to the Corn Syrup © 2013 Heather Johnson
Adding Water to the Corn Syrup © 2013 Heather Johnson
Purple Water and Corn Syrup Sensory Bottle © 2013 Heather Johnson

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