We’ve all seen those science experiments that call for baking soda and vinegar that result in a really cool bubbly explosion. Kids are fascinated with it. I think it’s pretty neat too but I’m not a big fan of the vinegar smell. Did you know you can make fun color eruptions without vinegar? The key ingredient is Kool-Aid! The citric acid in the Kool-Aid powder reacts with baking soda when you add water. The end result is wonderful smelling, vibrantly colored bubbles! I put together this easy peasy surprise color eruption sensory tray for Goose and she loved it!
- Cookie sheet or other shallow tray
- Kool-Aid powder in a variety of colors (Use the packets, not the kind that contain sugar)
- Baking soda
- Medicine droppers
- Small bowl of water
Sprinkle the Kool-Aid powder onto a cookie sheet. I added mine in lines so Goose would have to “find” the colors but you could very well just sprinkle the Kool-Aid all over the tray.
Cover the Kool-Aid with baking soda. I held a mesh strainer over the tray and sprinkled the baking soda into the strainer. This created a fine layer of evenly distributed baking soda. You don’t have to do this. Just make sure you don’t add a huge pile of baking soda over the Kool-Aid.
Set out the tray with a small bowl of water and an old medicine dropper. If you don’t have any old medicine droppers you can also get some inexpensive little plastic pipettes online. Let the color exploration begin!
Goose was really excited every time she discovered a new hidden color.
She requested a spoon so she could make us some “food” and quickly turned this into water play.
The orange colored Kool-Aid is a new Peach Mango flavor. It smelled fabulous! I should add that this activity can get pretty messy, obviously. Make sure you child is in play clothes and if you’re doing this activity inside, cover your floor with a splat mat, towel, cheap plastic tablecloth, etc. I did use our splat mat but I was feeling brave and didn’t move Goose’s play table away from the living room curtains. Luckily, the curtains made it without a speck on them.
I love that we got the same neat bubbly explosions as the traditional baking soda and vinegar activities but WITHOUT the vinegar! We were able to enjoy the great Kool-Aid smell! If you’ve done any activities with Kool-Aid lately, I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to link up in the comments so others can enjoy too!
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