This is by far one of the coolest slime recipes we have to date because it combines two things we love: slime making and baking soda vinegar reactions. This fizzing slime volcano is a 2 for 1 chemistry activity for kids. Learn how to make a unique slime recipe while also experimenting with acids and bases! Kids are going to LOVE this slime experiment. Get ready for a real blast!

Make Fizzing Volcano Slime

This is slime making taken to a whole new level of slimy goodness! You are definitely going to want a cookie tray to catch this slime volcano eruption of bubbling and fizzing “lava”. Hands down, this is the best slime making fun we have had together. Why is that?

Because we love anything that fizzes, bubbles, and erupts. This fizzing slime volcano has the definite oooh and aaah factor, but is also super easy to set up. A little messy, this lava slime is going to be a big HIT.

Plus you get a fun, stretchy slime out of the science experiment! We used our classic saline solution slime recipe with a bit of a twist…

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Honestly, what’s not to LOVE about this slime volcano, and I can’t wait to share with you how to set it up…

The recipe instructions and mixing are different than all our other slimes, so I recommend you read through the directions, tips, and tricks before you get started. As always the right slime ingredients paired with the BEST slime recipes is key!

Note: The slime that is produced is fun and stretchy but definitely is not as high quality as our original slime recipe. Of course, making a lava slime volcano is half the fun. If you want a super awesome stretchy slime without a volcano, check out the original saline slime recipe here.

Helpful Slime Making Resources To Get Your Started

These are the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your awesome clear glitter slime! We talk more about slime science below too.

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Slime Science

We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. Slime really does make for an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…

When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubberier like slime! Slime is a polymer.

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid?

We call it a non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? 

It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…

Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction

Of course, there is additional science going on here with this fizzing volcano slime. That is the chemical reaction between the baking soda and the vinegar.

Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base, and when the acid and base mix together, they produce a gas called carbon dioxide. This is seen in the fizzing bubbling eruption that takes place when you stir the slime!

Read more about the science behind baking soda and vinegar experiments.

Fizzing Baking Soda and Vinegar Slime Recipe (Volcano Slime)

Supplies:

  • 1/2 cup Washable White School Glue
  • 1 tbs Saline Solution
  • 2 tbs Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • Food Coloring (yellow and red)
  • Small Container (for mixing slime volcano)
  • Small Cup (for mixing vinegar and saline)
  • Cookie or Craft Tray

SLIME SET UP TIP: When looking for a good container for your fizzing slime volcano, find something that is on the taller side but with a wide enough opening to allow you to easily mix the slime as well. The nature of a baking soda and vinegar volcano is that the gas produced during the reaction pushes up and out. A taller and narrower container will yield a better eruption compared to a wider and shorter container. We like our inexpensive beaker set for fun science activities. This is the beaker set we have used for experiments!

Instructions:

STEP 1: Start by combining the glue and baking soda in your chosen container. You will notice that as you stir the baking soda into the glue it thickens! This is really the point of adding baking soda to saline solution slime.

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STEP 2: For our lava colored fizzing slime volcano we used red and yellow food coloring, but we didn’t make orange straight away. Add 5 yellow drops to the glue and baking soda mixture and stir.

Then add 1-2 drops of red food coloring but DO NOT stir! This will give way to a fun color burst as you mix. You can make this slime volcano any color you want!

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Step 3: In another small container, mix the vinegar and the saline solution.

SLIME TIP #3: You can also play around with the amount of vinegar you use for another way to set up a slime experiment!

Step 4: Pour vinegar/saline mixture into the glue mixture and start stirring!

You will notice the mixture begin to bubble and eventually erupt everywhere! This is the reason for the tray!

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Step 5: Continue to stir until the eruption is complete. You will notice that it gets harder and harder to stir because you are mixing your slime as well!

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Once you have stirred as much as possible, reach in and pull out your slime! It will be a bit messy at first but this slime is wonderful! All you need to do is knead it a bit.

SLIME TIP: Add a few drops of saline to your hands before you reach in for the slime!

It should not be sticky on the hands either! But if after kneading your slime it still feels sticky, you can add a drop or two of saline to it and continue to knead. Don’t add too much or you will end up with a rubbery slime!

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Go ahead and play with your volcano slime!

Want more fizzy eruptions, check out our lemon volcano.

What can you do with the leftover slimy eruption on the cookie sheet? You can actually play with it too! We added a squirt of saline to it and had some fun messy slime play. It makes a great popping sound when you squeeze it due to all the bubbles from the reaction that are left over!

As I mentioned above, the slime that is created along with the fizzing slime volcano is not necessarily something that will save for weeks. We found it got a bit watery and not as nice the next day.

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More Fun Slime Recipes To Try

If your kids love playing with slime, why not try more favorite slime ideas…

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  1. Why are there so many video ads on this page? It causes the page to lag really bad

  2. Sorry about that! The ads are how I support my family and provide free activities and sheets. Let me know if you would be interested in a paid membership to get rid of the ads! Thanks!

  3. I bought this saline prior to seeing that it needed to have sodium borate and boric acid. It’s to arrive today. Here’s the information on it: “Features & details
    Nurse Assist Sterile Saline 0.9% Sodium Chloride 500ml Bottle
    Product information
    Package Dimensions 5.8 x 3 x 2.6 inches
    Item Weight 1.25 pounds
    Manufacturer Nurse Assist
    ASIN B078YZDW2X
    Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars 58Reviews
    Best Sellers Rank #6,877 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
    #162 in Emergency Response Equipment
    Is Discontinued By Manufacturer”

    Do you think that this will work? Thanks!

  4. If it does not have sodium borate and boric acid as ingredients, it will not work. Sorry!

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