Science + Art  = STEAM! Summer is the perfect time to surround yourself with STEAM! When kids combine STEM and art, they can explore their creative side, from painting to sculptures! Making art with baking soda paint is a fun and easy summer STEAM project you will want to do with your kids this season!

Baking soda paint for fun summer STEAM.

Painting With Baking Soda

Get ready to add this simple STEAM project to your activities this season. If you want to learn more about combining art and science for summer craft and art projects, let’s grab the supplies.  While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun summer science activities.

Our painting activities are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind!  Easy to set up, quick to do, most activities will take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete and are heaps of fun! 

Plus, our supplies lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home! Like baking soda and vinegar!

Enjoy simple summer art with our favorite baking soda and vinegar science experiments. Instead of making a baking soda and vinegar volcano, let’s make art!

Let’s get right to this awesome fizzing painting project. Head to the kitchen, open the pantry and get prepared to explore science and art. Be prepared though, baking soda painting can get a little messy!

The Importance Of Doing Art With Kids

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.

Art projects allow children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences. In other words, it’s good for them!

Check out these helpful art ideas…

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How Does Baking Soda Paint Work?

The science behind this simple art project is the chemical reaction that occurs between the baking soda and vinegar! Baking soda is a base, and vinegar is an acid. Learn more about acids and bases.

When the two combine, they make a gas called carbon dioxide. You can hear the fizz, see the bubbles, and even feel the fizz of the gas if you hold your hand close to the paper’s surface.

Read more about the science of baking soda and vinegar.

Baking Soda Painting


  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Cups
  • Pipette
  • Brushes
  • Heavyweight Paper


STEP 1:  You will want equal parts of baking soda and water. Measure the baking soda into cups.

STEP 2: Next measure out the same amount of water into a separate cup and color with food coloring.

STEP 3: Pour colored water into the baking soda and gently stir to combine. The mixture shouldn’t be too soupy or too thick.

STEP 4: Use a brush to paint a picture with the baking soda and water mixture.

STEP 5: Set out a small bowl of vinegar and pipette for kids to gently squirt vinegar onto the picture. Watch your picture bubble and fizz!

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