We love a good baking soda experiment. I spotted this brilliant and very simple idea on Reading Confetti, who kindly said I could post about it here. These are our fizzing rocks.
What you need:
Bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
Mix some water with the bicarbonate of soda, I used a whole packet of bicarbonate of soda and just added water slowly until i had a very thick paste type mixture.
Add a few drops of food colouring, mould into rock shapes and leave to dry for a few hours.
Once the rocks have hardened, add vinegar very slowly and watch as they fizz and dissolve.
The Science bit
Vinegar (an acid ) and bicarbonate of soda ( an alkali ) react together to neutralise each other. This reaction releases carbon dioxide a gas which is the bubbles you see.
Add small objects to the rocks and drop them into a bowl of vinegar like Reading Confetti did.
Make one big rock and see how much vinegar is needed to totally dissolve it.
We also have a Valentine version of this. Can you think of any other ideas?
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Last Updated on January 25, 2016 by Emma Vanstone
Thanks for the link. Love your idea of making one big rock. We might have to try that next!
I’m glad you spotted it! We had so much fun 🙂
I like that you made your own fizzing rocks! We may have to try that sometime.
you should it was great!
Oh – this idea really does rock!!
🙂 Ha ha
maggy, red ted art
Oooh this looks like great fun. Love the addition of colour.
Thanks Maggy, it was very fun!
maggy, red ted art
PS Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
The fairy and the frog
looks great fun
IT was great!
This really looks like fun!
It really was!
4th Grade Science Fun
Try this: make a batch, make small balls out of it in one color and let it dry. Then make a second batch, make it a different color, wrap it around the first balls and let dry. When you add the vinegar, the outside fizzes away in one color, then the inside ball fizzes a second color. Next we want to try putting something inside like you suggested.
oooh that sounds fantastic! Thanks for the idea.
How fun! You guys always have the neatest experiments!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Looking forward to seeing you linked up again tomorrow =-)
Great idea! I’m going to add this to my list of fun baking soda & vinegar activities with my kids. Thank you!!!