We love a good baking soda experiment. I spotted this brilliant and simple idea on Reading Confetti, who kindly said I could post it here. These are our fizzing rocks.
How to make fizzy 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, slowly add vinegar and watch as they fizz and dissolve.
The science behind baking soda rocks
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 dissolve it.
We also have a Valentine’s version of this. Can you think of any other ideas?
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Last Updated on April 18, 2023 by Emma Vanstone