The baking soda and vinegar reaction is our No 1 science experiment that is so versatile for each holiday! We have found creative ways to explore preschool science all year round. Even Earth Day should have a baking soda and vinegar reaction like this fizzy Earth! Open the kitchen cupboard and let’s get started!
BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR FOR EARTH DAY SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!
FIZZY EARTH DAY SCIENCE
Get ready to add this simple Earth Day baking soda science activity to your Spring theme lesson plans this season. If you want to explore baking soda and vinegar activities, let’s get started. While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun Earth Day activities.
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Here we have a fun baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction with an Earth Day twist!
EARTH DAY SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
Let’s get right to exploring this chemical change with baking soda and vinegar. Head to the kitchen, open the pantry and be prepared to get a little messy. Make sure to have a tray and paper towels available for spills!
YOU WILL NEED
- Plastic mini cups
- Round tray or pie dish
- Eyedropper, squeeze bottle, or meat baster
- Baking soda
- Food coloring
A round serving tray or pie plate makes the perfect base for your Earth.
HOW TO MAKE FIZZY EARTH ERUPTIONS
Your kids should easily be able to help you set up this baking soda and vinegar experiment too!
STEP 1: Set up the round tray or pie plate with the mini plastic cups, as many as you can fit!
STEP 2: Now, go ahead and fill each cup halfway with a spoonful of baking soda!
STEP 3: Add several drops of blue or green coloring to each cup. Think about where you want your continents and ocean to go!
STEP 4: Now it’s time for the excitement! Set out a bowl of vinegar for eyedroppers or meat basters. Alternatively, you can fill a squeeze bottle with vinegar. Add vinegar liberally to your baking soda and watch what happens!
BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR IN THE CLASSROOM
Kids will love testing and retesting this simple chemical reaction, so I always recommend having extra vinegar on hand. If you are working with a group of kids, use small trays and just a few cups each!
Don’t like the smell of vinegar? Try this activity with lemon juice and baking soda instead! Since lemon juice is also acid, it produces a chemical reaction when combined with baking soda. Check out our lemon volcano!
This science experiment will get messy, so make sure you add a tray underneath it all for easy cleanup. I guarantee kids will want to try this fizzy earth over and over again. Have a gallon of vinegar ready!
BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR REACTION
What is this Earth Day science experiment all about? When the acid (vinegar) and the base (baking soda) mix together, a chemical reaction happens.
The baking soda and vinegar get used up in making a new substance, a gas called carbon dioxide. The fizzing bubbling action you can see and even feel if you put your hand close enough is the gas which is the result of the two ingredients mixing!
All three states of matter are present: liquid (vinegar), solid (baking soda), and gas (carbon dioxide).
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