Craft and STEM Project: Kids' Chemistry Artwork
Use baking soda, vinegar and food dye to teach kids about chemical reactions all while creating a simple, inexpensive and fun art project.
You can keep this project as a fun “bubble and fizz” activity or you can choose to turn it into artwork by transferring the designs to paper.
- casserole dish with deep sides
- baking soda
- ice cube trays (plastic egg cartons would work as well)
- food coloring
- optional: aprons
Pour Out Baking Soda
Fill the casserole dish with baking soda. You’ll want to use enough so that the baking soda is about 1/2” thick.
Use a measuring cup to fill the ice cube trays with clear, white vinegar.
Mix in Color
Let the kids add drops of food coloring to the different sections in the ice cube tray.
Drip and Drop
By squeezing the pipettes, let the kids ‘pick up’ the color of their choosing from the ice cube tray and drop it into the baking soda.
Bubble and Fizz
Kids will have so much watching the baking soda fizz and bubble as the colored vinegar soaks into their dish.
Let your kids go wild with the different colors — mix them, swirl them, layer them and watch the chemical reactions take place. This experiment kept our little scientists happily occupied for quite some time.
Transfer to Paper
When your kids have finished playing with the colors, give them a sheet of watercolor paper so that they can document their design. This is a fun way to remember the project versus just dumping everything into the trash.
Press and Reveal
Lay the watercolor paper directly on top of the design and let it soak up the colors for a few seconds. Slowly peel the paper back from the dish to reveal your child’s one-of-a-kind artwork.
Let It Dry
Be sure to let your artwork dry before you hang it up for all to admire!