Colored Vinegar And Baking Soda Activity

by Destri on May 16, 2012

Kids With Baking Soda Craft

What do you get when you mix food coloring, vinegar, and baking soda – then combine that with two bored kids?  An hour and a half to get something done, that’s what.  I am at a conference this week, and in the days leading up to leaving I knew I would need some “keep them busy” crafts for my kids.  So I jumped onto my Learning Fun pin board to find some fun activities.  I saw this idea and new we had to try it.  The kids loved it, and the total cost was $2 – that’s a win in my book!  Catch me after the jump for the details.

Baking Soda And Colored Vinegar Kid’s Activity

Baking Soda Craft Supplies


  • couple small boxes of baking soda or one large – 50 cents each
  • droppers – I bought mine in the pharmacy section – 2 for $1.50
  • vinegar
  • food coloring
  • ice cube tray


I found this idea all over Pinterest, but the activity I pinned was from Magical Childhood, and she has the science facts for the activity at the bottom of the post plus some other fun ideas.

All you need to do is dump all the baking soda in a large container, I used a 9X13 pan and wished that I had two – one for each kiddo, but they did great with just one.  Then pour the vinegar into ice cube tray and add the food coloring.

I set my kids up outside so I didn’t have to worry about spilling.

Baking Soda Kids Craft

We cut a straw in half and poured some baking soda in them for the making of a little volcano.

Baking Soda Preschool Craft

But I missed the really cool explosion with the camera dang it.  They really liked that part.

Food Coloring In Baking Soda Craft

Then they just have at it with the droppers.  I showed them how to squeeze the vinegar up under the baking soda, that was a hit.

At this point I walked away and left them to their fun.  Through the window I heard laughing, squealing, and all those delightful sounds that are far better compared to the bickering and whining I was hearing earlier in the day.  Makes your heart happy :)

Food Coloring In Ice Cube Tray

Then I heard “AAHHHH!!! Mom, come see!”  I thought they had dumped the whole tray into the soda and really had an explosion on their hands, but this is what I found.  It’s the little things that really get them excited I guess.

I really thought it might keep them busy for a half an hour, but happily they played an hour longer than that.  Once they had added all the vinegar it turned into a clay and they played with that for awhile.

An hour and a half folks!  Wahoo!  I don’t think it would work on a daily basis, but great for a hot summer day when you need to get something done.

Then since you already have the supplies on hand check out the Magic Baking Soda Craft – super fun!

Happy Wednesday friends and thanks for reading,


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