Baking soda and colored vinegar eruptions have been one of our daughter’s favorite activities for years. What’s not to like? They’re fun. They’re fizzy and they’re colorful. They are so beautiful that we have even made a few art projects using the eruptions. For Valentine’s Day this year, we made Fizzing Heart Art. The fizzing hearts were such a hit, that we wanted to try it again. The plan was that we were going to make red, white and blue fizzing stars for the Fourth of July, but my daughter stumbled across an idea of her own. We have been doing a large number of printing projects lately, so my daughter turned our original project into these beautiful baking soda eruption prints.
These fizzing heart eruptions are a fun way to combine science and art with beautiful and unpredictable results.
Baking soda and vinegar eruptions are a favorite in our house. The ingredients are usually always readily available, they are easy to set up and fascinating to watch. My daughter wanted to make them this week and so we did. With Valentine’s Day nearing, we thought a fizzing heart project would be perfect.
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She has recently perfected making hearts. She draws them and cuts them out all the time, so with her love of hearts and Valentine’s approaching quickly, hearts were the perfect choice for our fizzy paintings.
Our daughter has been helping more around the house. She helps fold her own clothes, she sets the dinner table & she has just started to do the dishes with me. Last night while doing the dishes, she was excited to watch the soap foam up while washing out a few squirt bottles. “Look it, mama. It looks like a volcano.” She squeezed out a lot of soap eruptions & forgot about the dishes. I made a deal with her that if we finished the dishes that we would make our own volcanoes.
We finished our dishes & as promised we took out our baking soda & vinegar to make volcanoes. I poured a bowl of baking soda for eruptions & the flip switched, my daughter wanted to paint instead. Since we had already pulled out the baking soda, we combined the two.
We mixed a little vinegar with a few drops of different colors of food coloring gel.
We placed a piece of watercolor paper onto a cookie sheet. My daughter used a scooper to spread baking soda all over the paper. She used a medicine dropper filled with the colored vinegar.
The paint fizzled & puffed up into little balls. She mixed the colors & squirted them all over the paper.
When it started to puddle, she lifted the edge of the paper to let the paint bubbles drip. The result was a lovely abstract piece. She liked it so much, she grabbed another piece of paper & did another.
It was a little messy, but we had a lot of fun with it.
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It has been a month now since Mai started daycare. As you all know, I was not exactly over the moon with the decision to put her in daycare, but now I couldn’t be happier. It is a pain waking up early to drop her off before work & I do still get that feeling of guilt at leaving her there, but I have seen such a wonderful change in her over these past few weeks. She comes home with great stories about her new friends & the fun things that they do together. It warms my heart to hear her talk about her day with such excitement.
The other day when my husband arrived to pick her up, they were outside making baking soda volcanoes. Hubby had a difficult time getting her to leave her fun activity. When they came home, they both wanted to share with me how much fun Mai & friends had playing with the volcanoes. My husband told me that it was just a simple activity using baking soda & vinegar. He said that he used to do this a lot as a child. Perhaps I lived a very sheltered childhood, but I had never heard of such a thing. I have seen many things on Pinterest for different science experiments that caused eruptions, but never actually looked at how they were made. Had I realized it was so simple I would have tried these ages ago. Thank you Miss Laura, you gave us a wonderful activity to try at home.
Baking Soda Volcanoes
What you will need:
Small receptacle or cup- we used a mini flower pot & a Dixie cup
Plastic dish bin
Play Sand (optional)
Place your small receptacle in the center of the plastic dish bin. We used a mini flower pot & also a Dixie cup. Surround it with sand to give it a more volcanic look. Add baking soda to your center container. In a squeeze bottle or bottles, mix vinegar & food coloring. Squeeze the colored vinegar mixture over the baking soda & watch it erupt.
If you can’t tell, our daughter loved this. We went through a whole bottle of vinegar & box of baking soda. When we were done, she said, “Mama, Dada go to store to buy more food coloring?”. I guess we have to hit the supermarket for more supplies.
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