This classic baking soda and vinegar science experiment never gets old in our house—we just find new ways to put a new spin on an old favorite. Today we’re sharing this easy Fizzy Shapes Kids Science Experiment to show the reaction of a base and acid. We use some cookie cutters and plastic molds to form baking soda shapes, freeze them, and then watch the science happen as we mix baking soda and vinegar!
This fun and easy Fizzy Shapes Kids Science Experiment gets your little ones using their critical thinking skills, some of their 5 senses, while practicing coordination and fine motor skills. Let’s get started on what you need down below.
Fizzy Shapes Kids Science Experiment- What You Need:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 2 teaspoons clear gelatin
- 1/2 cup of water
- Parchment paper
- Food Coloring
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- Mix together baking soda, gelatin, and water to form a paste.
- Line a plastic tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Using a plastic cookie cutter or mold, scoop the paste into the mold.
- Release the baking soda from the mold onto a sheet of parchment paper. Continue with as many shapes until your mixture is gone.
- Place the tray in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
- Fill cups with vinegar and 1-3 drops of food coloring.
- Using droppers, tell your kids to suck up the colored vinegar and then squeeze it over the baking soda shapes.
- Watch them fizz!
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They will see 2 different reactions when the vinegar and baking soda are mixed together. The first thing they’ll see and hear is a fizzing sound. The second thing they’ll see, if enough vinegar is added, is the baking soda disappearing into the vinegar. With the addition of the food coloring, there will be a lot of pretty colors that will eventually form 1 color.
The simplest explanation for this Fizzy Shapes Kids Science Experiment is, when and an acid (the vinegar) is mixed with a base (baking soda), they form a gas called carbon dioxide. To get the conversation flowing, ask your kids what they think is going to happen—what they’re going to see, smell, and hear. If they (and you) don’t mind the mess, incorporate their sense of touch and let them grab that baking soda and squish it between their fingers. Have fun!
*yields about 12-15 medium shapes
*Double recipe for more shapes
Have you tried this Fizzy Shapes Kids Science Experiment? What are some of your favorite kid’s science experiments? Share in the comments below and if you had fun with this experiment, please pin and share!
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.