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Make your own fizzing paints

 
Have a go at making your own fizzing paints using baking soda and vinegar. The exploding fizzy eruptions are great fun and bring your kids' paintings to life. It’s a messy play activity and science experiment all in one.
Have a go at making your own fizzing paints using baking soda and vinegar.

The exploding fizzy eruptions are great fun and bring your kids' paintings to life.

It’s a messy play activity and science experiment all in one!

Try this easy fizzing paint recipe from our friends at Mud Mates.
 

What you’ll need for your fizzing paints

 
  • Whisk or fork
 
  • Baking soda (approx. 1 cup)
 
  • Water (approx. 1 cup)
 
  • Food colouring (range of colours)
 
  • 4 small bowls or containers
 
  • 300 gsm watercolour paper (or thick 220gsm card)
 
  • Paint brushes
 
  • Small pot or container of vinegar
 
  • Extra vinegar for spray and squeeze bottles
 
  • Spray bottle, dropper/pipette and squeeze bottle
 

How to make fizzing paints


1. Whisk together 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup of water and a few drops of food colouring in a small bowl or container.

2. Repeat and use up the remaining baking soda, water and food colouring colours.

3. Set up the watercolour paper or card and the paint brushes and let your kids paint away!

4. Once their paintings are complete, give your kids the small container of vinegar and a dropper/pippette, plus a spray bottle and a squeeze bottle filled with vinegar.

5. Slowly add drops of vinegar to the painting and watch as it fizzes, bubbles and erupts in front of you.
 

Tips

 
  • Use 300gsm watercolour paper if you can as it tends to hold liquid better than thick card and results in better fizzy eruptions.
 
  • The baking soda does tend to settle in the mixture so either keep giving the paint a little stir or, if your children are old enough, encourage them to mix it up when they dip their brush in.
 
  • Encourage your kids to paint on the mixture fairly thickly and cover the entire piece of paper or card to get the best fizzing eruptions.
 
  • Once your kids have finished, take the leftover paint mixture, add more vinegar and make some volcanoes, eruptions and magic potions in the paint bowls or containers.
 

Benefits of making fizzing paints

 
  • Making fizzing paint is not only lots of fun, but using a paint brush, a dropper/pipette and squeeze and spray bottles is also great for developing your children’s fine motor skills.
 
  • Plus if you use a range of food colourings it will give you the opportunity to discuss colour mixing with them and discover what happens when you blend different colours together.
 

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