Most children love making fizzy potions with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda ( baking soda ) and it’s even more fun with a theme! So, today we’re making fairy potions. They could also be witch or wizard potions if you prefer.
I made some labels for the jars which you can download for free from the link in the materials section.
If you like this, you’ll love my collection of baking soda experiments. We’ve got rockets, volcanoes, making honeycomb and lots more fizzy fun.
Fairy Potion Instructions
Potion labels — download for free
Containers and jars
Pipettes or spoons
Bicarbonate of Soda ( Baking Soda )
How to make a fairy potion
Spoon or pour the magical ingredients into different containers.
Try adding different combinations of food colouring, water, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda into a container. You should find it fizzes beautifully as soon as the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar mix.
It’s a good idea to add the vinegar or baking soda as the last ingredient so it doesn’t fizz up too soon!
Why do the potions fizz?
Vinegar is an acid and baking soda an alkali ( also called a base ), when they are mixed they react to neutralise each other.
The reaction releases a gas called carbon dioxide which is the bubbles you see in the potion. Adding dish soap gives a thicker foam!
More fairy potion ideas
Write a recipe for the perfect magical, fizzing potion.
How could you make a colour changing potion? Clue: you’ll need a red cabbage.
These potions from Art Bar are just gorgeous too!
How about making some Harry Potter potions? We’ve got labels for those as well!