Baking Soda and Vinegar Color Explosion!

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 by Jenn No Comments

Baking Soda and Vinegar Color Explosion! 12 mos+


Small bowls for vinegar [I used Rubbermaid tupperware]

Food coloring

White vinegar

Baking Soda

Cookie Sheet

Aluminum Foil

Medicine Droppers, Spoons, Straws, Chicken Basters, etc. Anything they  can pick up the vinegar with and drop onto the baking soda.

Have Fun!

This is an amazing science experiment, fine motor and sensory activity all rolled into one! Cover your cookie sheet with aluminum foil to make cleanup a breeze! Pour two to three cups of baking soda onto the foil. Fill your small bowls halfway with white vinegar. Add a few drops of liquid food coloring to each container of vinegar. My two and a half year old loves to add the coloring himself which is a fine motor experience in itself! We usually use 4 cups and choose the colors he wants to use and or/mix. He is so proud of himself when he tells everyone who will listen that red and yellow make orange:)

Get ready for a color explosion! Use the droppers to pick up the colored vinegar and squirt onto the baking soda. When the two are combined there is a cool chemical reaction which causes the baking soda to bubble a little bit with the color. It is so colorful and neat to watch that children are completely engaged! This mixture is completely safe to touch but probably best to keep out of their mouths.

My son had so much fun doing this activity that I went and bought a huge box of baking soda so we can repeat it over and over again. It’s oodles of sensory and fine motor fun while sparking the budding scientist in your toddler!


Helps with:

Fine motor development

Learning and Mixing Colors

Cause and Effect

Visual stimulation





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