Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Bubbly Brew Science Experiment

We love science experiments--especially ones that bubble, fizz, and "explode!"  I love it even more when the children are in charge--they learn so much more from hypothesizing, planning, and experimenting.  This bubbly fountain of a science project came from my kids, so today I'm going to share their creative process.

It began with this balloon experiment:

When we finish something like this, I always ask the kids, "What would you like to test next?"  They wanted to add bubbles to vinegar and baking soda.  My daughter grabbed a bottle of bubbles, and instructed me to add it until it took up about 1/3 of the water bottle.  Then we added about 1/4 more vinegar, and 2 tablespoons baking soda.  This was the amazing result:

The kids wanted to do one more experiment...with color!   We ended up "exploding" the experiment at least three more times.  Each time, a different child added a drop or two (or as little as their small hands could manage) of food coloring.  The colors swirled, and pretty soon, we had all this:

Of course, they needed spoons and fingers to really experience the experiment!  The beautiful part of this experiment is that it is completely non-toxic.  I wouldn't recommend letting children eat soap, but nothing in here is more dangerous than washing your hands.

What's going on in this science experiment?  The vinegar and baking soda react and release carbon dioxide.  The carbon dioxide gets trapped by the bubbles and makes an even more exciting reaction.  The bubbles carry the food coloring out into beautiful patterns!  Older kids can discuss acids and bases, polar molecules, and properties of soap and water during and after this science project!

I may share at any of these parties!


Erin D - The Usual Mayhem said...

I love the idea of adding colour! Looks like a great rainy day activity!

Unknown said...

This is great! We love Science Experiments here too, my girls get so excited when I say "Want to do some Science?" Thanks so much for sharing yours with us on We Made That!

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Unknown said...

Hi there, nice post. This is an interesting and very informative topic. Thanks for sharing you thoughts on this issue. Keep it up, looking forward to read another one in the future. Cheers!
Although it may not feel that way, children learn through play. They learn to share. They learn to cooperate. They learn to take turns and interact with each other in a congenial manner.

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Jana from HowToRunAHomeDaycare said...

My kids are going to love this, you are our go-to for science experiments! Pinned it!

Sarah Coller said...

Awesome...isn't it great to have the time to do fun stuff like this with our kids? ;) Thanks so much for linking up with our Make Bake Create party this past week. I'd love for you to come link with my Homemaking Party, if you'd like!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

This looks like such a fun project! Thanks for linking it up and I will be featuring this on my blog today at the Make Bake Create party!