How to Make a Super Foaming Fun Magic Potion!

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Ask your adult assistant to help you find somewhere to set up your science lab. Protect surfaces and clothing as appropriate before undertaking science experiments. Safety glasses are also included to protect eyes from splashes, as needed.  Adult supervision is required at all times whilst undertaking experiments.

We love this experiment in our house. It’s one of those ‘experiments’ that has great visual results and also use just a few basic ingredients from your kitchen! My preschooler can also do it independently which of course is an added bonus (as demonstrated by my 4 year old in the video above)!

What you’ll need

Water colored using food coloring or a color tablet (or plain old regular water will work fine, it just won’t be colored).

  • Baking soda (Bicarbonate of soda)
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid detergent (such as Dawn)
  • Cups, jars, test tubes or similar to contain the liquid
  • Optional – glitter, sequins, plastic bugs or any other sensory materials you have on hand!

How to do it!


Simply add some baking soda to the colored water, add a squirt of liquid detergent then add some vinegar. We didn’t measure any of the ingredients. Not very scientific, I know! But………my kids always love to go back and add a little more of the baking soda and see what happens, or add a bit of liquid detergent (or something else completely random like corn starch) and discover what happens. Now that’s investigation in action!

 

 

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