Saturday, February 7, 2009

Magic potion; a review for How Firm a Foundation

I have read about this idea several times, but wasn't sure how to adapt it for what I wanted. Thanks to my awesome sister, we came up with a plan! I'm so excited to try this tomorrow and am sure it will be a hit!

They have only learned the first verse of How Firm a Foundation, so I wanted to review it this week before moving on to the third verse.

Preparation: write out verse in different colors on a dry-erase board to match your magic potions. (I got mine at wal-mart for $8!) Gather supplies: vinegar, cups, spoons, baking soda, and food coloring.

How it works:

1) Fill several clear containers (I used plastic drinking cups) with about 3/4 cup water and 1/3 cup vinegar. (the ratio can be varied, but more vinegar= more fiz= more fun! PLACE CONTAINERS on a BAKING SHEET, as this WILL MAKE A MESS!!!!

2) place one small drop of food coloring on a metal spoon (don't use clear, since you can see the color on the other side), then place a heaping teaspoon of baking soda on top, or enough to make sure the food coloring is covered.

3) Have a child come up and pick a spoon to stir in a cup of "water".

It will fiz like crazy and remain clear while fizzing, so make sure they keep stirring.

Once the fiz has settled down, the color will show up.

I will be using 6 different colors. red, green, yellow, blue, orange (one drop yellow and one drop red), and purple (one drop red and one drop blue)

(notice the water on the bottom of the baking sheet? It WILL bubble over and make a mess. Paper towels would be a good idea to bring...)

My plan:
We will review the first verse of How Firm a Foundation, with the picture visuals I taught them with, and tell them that I am looking for a super singer to help me with an experiment. After singing, I'll show them this board:

I'll pick my super singer to come up to the front and pick a spoon to mix into the solution. Once the potion has made its magic color, we'll erase the words on the board with that color. (I didn't have a yellow marker, so black will represent yellow). I'll pick several kids to come up and help erase the words so more kids will be able to participate.

Then we'll sing the verse again, this time with our board with colored words, and again, I'll tell them I am looking for a super singer to help me. Repeat the process as time allows, or until all the words are gone.


  1. VERY FUN! Thanks for the idea. I already have my stuff for tomorrow but I will use this idea next week.

  2. Wow, that's a really fun idea! Thanks!
    Does anybody know where to find heart stickers? I wanted to give stickers to kids that are singing really well, (the "heart attack" idea) but I've checked KMart, Joann's and the dollar store and can't find any heart stickers.

  3. Fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Stacy, did you try target? I wonder if they might have those huge packs of stickers in their dollar section at the front of the store? I'm doing the sticker idea too, but I just got some "motivation" stickers from walmart. Good luck!

  5. Awesome idea!! The kids would love it.

  6. Never thought about using that one for song review! What a fabulous idea! My kids love the "exploding water"!

  7. Thank you for posting this! I looked for about 45 minutes tonight trying to figure out a way to adapt this to the song I'm teaching my kids this month. I'm so excited you posted your idea. I don't always have time to take a week for just fun and favorites songs, so it really helps to have tips to adapt current learning or review of songs. Thanks for taking the time to photograph and post this. What a great help!

  8. ola bom dia !!!
    amei sua ideia ... com certeza vou fazer isso amanhã !
    muito obrigada por disponibilizar recursos tão bons para nós !