The baking soda and vinegar volcano is a much-loved science activity that I’m fairly certain every preschooler has done. When I pulled out the two ingredients, even my 14-year-old said, “Oh, you must be making a volcano.” He made many of these fizzing, bubbling concotions in his earlier years. This artsy adventure turns the basic idea into a painting project.
This science and art activity also doubles as a fall art experience. Your child can celebrate the autumn leaves, turning plain white paper into bright orange, red and yellow (all while fizzing way). There are two different ways to try this one out. Your child can do one, the other or both! The materials are the same for both. Before beginning, ask your child to predict what will happen when the baking soda and vinegar meet up. You can also him what will happen when he adds the food coloring. As you go through this activity, have him make observations (and tell you what they are) about what the ingredients are doing. When he’s done, ask if his predictions were true or not.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· White card stock paper
· A marker (preferably a permanent marker, so that it doesn’t run when your child paints)
· A paintbrush
· Food coloring (in red and yellow)
· White vinegar
· Baking soda
Fizzing Fall Art Activity 1-
Here’s What to Do:
1. Draw a few leaves onto the paper with the marker.
2. Mix the fizzy paint. Scoop one to two tablespoons of the baking soda into a bowl, dish or cupcake tin. Using a cupcake tin lets your child make multiple colors, but keep them all in the same place.
3. Add a few drops of food coloring into the baking soda. Use red, yellow and red and yellow – to make orange.
4. Mix the baking soda and food color with the paintbrush.
5. Pour a small amount of vinegar into the baking soda. Watch it bubble! If the paint fizzes over the top of your container, use less vinegar next time. Experiment with how much your child needs to create bubbles, without making the paint ooze out onto the paper below.
6. Paint the leaves.
Here’s What to Do:
1. Draw a fall leaf (or a few) on the paper with a marker.
2. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda onto the paper – only over the drawing.
3. Drip a capful or vinegar onto the baking soda. Watch it bubble!
4. Add the food coloring. Choose one color or mix red and yellow to make orange.
5. Spread the paint over the leaf with the brush.
Are you looking for more autumn art activities? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!