Every little leprechaun needs a black pot! Try our St Patrick’s Day fizzing science activity with your little leprechauns this month. We love fizzing science experiments for any holiday, and this leprechaun rainbow activity is perfect for an easy to set up and inexpensive St Patrick’s Day science experiment.!
FIZZING POT OF GOLD FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY
BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR EXPERIMENTS
Get ready to add this simple baking soda and vinegar experiment to your St Patrick’s Day lesson plans this season. If you want to learn all about this fun fizzing chemical reaction, let’s dig in. While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities.
Our science experiments and STEM 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, grocery stores, or dollar stores!
We love to try out simple science for all the holidays and seasons. Plus, you don’t have to just use black pots. We also love to set out theme cookie cutters or fun theme containers! Learn how to set up a baking soda and vinegar science experiment at any time of the year..
YOU WILL NEED:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Food Coloring
- 6 Small Black Pots (or 1 pot is fine too!)
- Glitter and Fake Gold Coins (optional)
- Baster, squeeze bottle or ladle
HOW TO SET UP ST PATRICK’S DAY EXPERIMENT
STEP 1: Start by setting out a tray with your six little black leprechaun pots! You can do a rainbow of colors or you can simply set up one pot for this fizzy experiment.
STEP 2: Next, you want to add food coloring to your pots! You can even throw in some coloring mixing skills here if you have the standard red, yellow, blue, and green liquid food coloring bottles. Alternatively, you can color 6 containers of vinegar that the kids can slowly pour into each pot of baking soda (after step 3 is complete).
STEP 3: Once the food coloring is added or if you have decided to use separate containers for colored vinegar, go ahead and scoop in baking soda.
Step 4: Time to observe what happens when you add the vinegar to the pots. Mix up a rainbow of fizzy fun with a simple combination of baking soda and vinegar.
ST PATRICK’S DAY RAINBOW POTS IN THE CLASSROOM
For the best eruptions, the ones that make the kids squeal, you want to add a good amount of vinegar at one time. Pouring from a small cup or a full meat baster works best! A small eye dropper will not be as dramatic.
Additionally, you will want to make sure to have extra baking soda and vinegar on hand if you have the time. From my experiences, this baking soda vinegar activity is a real hit, and kids will want to repeat it over and over again.
If you don’t have vinegar, try lemon juice! It’s all about mixing an acid and a base so lemon or lime juice works too for the acid! However, vinegar is more cost-effective.
Another variation to try is baking powder and water as this also produces a bubbling reaction but not as awe-striking! Though, it would be fun to compare and contrast with older kids.
INTRODUCING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
Here are some easy questions to ask your kids before, during, and after this fun St Patrick’s Day experiment to get them thinking.
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- What do you think WILL happen to the baking SODA when you add the vinegar?
- What do you think you will see? (PREDICTION)
- What can you smell, see, hear, feel or see happening to the baking soda and vinegar in the pots?
- What does the combination of baking soda and vinegar look like now? (OBSERVATION)
- What are the bubbles (solid, liquid or gas)?
- Where do you think the bubbles came from? (EXPLANATION)
THE SIMPLE SCIENCE OF FIZZING RAINBOW POTS
The science behind this fun fizzing experiment is all about a chemical reaction! A chemical reaction occurs when two or more things combine together to form a completely new substance.
When the liquid acid (vinegar) and the solid base (baking soda) are added together, they form a gas called carbon dioxide. The fizzing bubbling action you see is evidence of the gas which you can even feel if you put your hand close enough!
MORE FUN ST PATRICK’S DAY IDEAS
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