Playful Parenting: Bringing Play to Every Day

Playful Parenting: Bringing Play to Every Day

Fizzy Bubbles

Learn about basic chemical reactions with this easy and entertaining science experiment. Three simple ingredients combine to create a surprising and colorful bubbly reaction your kids will want to do again and again.

What You’ll Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Baking dish or rimmed baking sheet (Parent Tip! Use a disposable baking pan for easy cleanup)
  • Small syringe or medicine dropper

What You’ll Do

  • Sprinkle the baking soda in an even layer over the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Drip drops of food coloring all over the baking soda.
  • Using the dropper or syringe, squirt the vinegar over the food coloring and watch the bubbles come to life!

Take the Fun Further

  • Mix different drops of food coloring to see what colors you can create. Or drop the food coloring in a pattern.
  • Listen to the sound of the bubbles and try to recreate it using your mouth.
  • Pretend you are the bubbly reaction and move your body like the bubbles erupting.
  • Once all of the food coloring drops have fizzed, pour the remaining vinegar into the pan to make one giant bubble eruption.

What Kids Learn

How to Support the Play

  • When providing guidance, offer up suggestions framed as questions. “What do you think would happen if you combined these colors?” “What kind of patterns can you make?” etc.
  • If your child is struggling with handling the medicine dropper/syringe or getting the colors and patterns they want, give them time to figure it out themselves before stepping in.
  • Always remember that there’s no one right way of doing things.

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