V for Vinegar

06 Oct

This is another hard letter. These were the times I wished my children knew what vendikkai (okra), valakkai (plantain) or even vellarikkai (cucumber) are. Ultimately the sound of letter V in a different language does not count for this project.

So I decided on vinegar. I know, vinegar! This time though we did something really neat with the V ingredient, and yes we did consume it as well.

These were the two types of vinegar I had on hand. We started of by comparing their colours of course. Then I poured a little into medicine cups. Before I could say boo, Ilyaas (4) and Zakariyya (2) reached out and yes, drank it! Subhanallah they had the most hilarious smirk on their faces.

It was some sensory activity for sure. Their taste buds were so heightened that they did not want to smell the vinegar, which was what they were suppose to do in the first place.

We did an activity that involved painting with vinegar that I found here. It is more relevant to science but I used it as an art activity in this case.

Materials needed for vinegar painting

I used food coloring in place of poster paint. Also I laid a water colour paper on the tray and sprinkled the baking soda on the paper.

The children were really fascinated with the foam that formed when the vinegar, dishsoap, food colouring concoction hit the baking soda. They squeezed the bottles empty in no time. Our seconday colours did not form very dark. I suspect it was because I used food coloring. So I could not talk to the children about that.

In the end it was really a fun activity. Alhamdulillah, the end result was a marble effect type painting.

Vinegar painting

Just a note of caution for those who cannot tolerate vinegar smell. The vinegar smell did linger for a long time after we completed the activity. Needless to say everyone in our home is now well acquainted with the smell of vinegar . . . and the letter V.

The other ingredient that is worth considering for letter V is vermicelli.

Rice with vermicelli

Since we did R for rice this was not an option for us. Also we have this dish so often that Ilyaas would have been disappointed.


Posted by on October 6, 2011 in AlphaFood Venture, Cooking/Baking


3 responses to “V for Vinegar

  1. aasiyaqasim

    October 7, 2011 at 4:30 am

    asalamualikum sister
    mashallah your blog is awesome! jazakillah khair for sharing! may your work be a means of sadaqatul jaariyah for you, ameen!

  2. Umm Sayang

    October 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Assalamualaikum Aasiya,
    Jazakillah for your kind word. And indeed I hope our ideas will benefit others and it’ll be a sadaqah jariah for us.

  3. ummtafari

    October 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    As salaam alaikum,

    Vinegar is great! We use vinegar all the time here as well.


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