Fizzy Fun: Exploding Baggies


What we gathered per turn:

  • One small zip-lock bag for exploding
  • Bicarbonate of soda (3 teaspoons)
  • Warm water (1/4 cup)
  • Vinegar (1/2 cup)
  • Measuring cup
  • A tissue for making bicarb time release packets


What we did:

The first thing we did was make up our little parcels of bicarbonate of soda by placing 3 teaspoons of bicarb into the middle of a tissue and twisting the corners together.  We made a few as this is unlikely to ever be a one time experience:

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Next we placed the water and vinegar into a small sandwich bag and half closed the opening:


We popped in the bicarb parcel, holding onto it through the baggie ensuring it didn’t touch the vinegar solution:


The baggie was then completely closed and the parcel freed to drop into the vinegar solution:

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We stood back and admired our handiwork:

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And then repeated again, and again, and again…….

The Science?

The reaction between bicarb and vinegar is a standard acid base reaction producing carbon dioxide gas which blows up the bag.  The warm water acts as  catalyst, speeding up the reaction and making it seem more dramatic!

For more Fizzy Fun and other preschool science see here

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