Fairy Potions and Wizards’ Brew (Grades K-2)

Mix up a magical creation and use your imagination to describe what you create!

Jar with foaming liquid

Have you ever wanted to mix up a magic potion? You can, using some simple household ingredients.

What You Need

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap 
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Small glass jar
  • Spoon (or magic wand!) 
  • Tray or large dish

What To Do

  1. Place your jar on a large tray or dish that can catch any overflowing liquids. 
  2. Fill the jar about halfway with vinegar. Stir in a few drops of your chosen color. 
  3. Add a large squeeze of dish soap and a sprinkle of glitter. 
  4. Add a spoonful of baking soda and stir with your spoon (or “wand”). This is the perfect time to cast a spell or make a wish!
  5. Watch your potion fizz over onto the tray.

What’s the Science?

The magic spell you just cast produced a chemical reaction when the baking soda and the vinegar combined. The chemical reaction produced a gas — carbon dioxide — which fizzed up in great, big bubbles.

You can check out another experiment here that also uses baking soda and vinegar, but the reaction happens a little bit differently. 

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