Fizzy Ice Cubes Science Experiment For Kids (age 3+)

Did your kids ever play with Fizzy Ice Cubes? You should give this fun sticky ice experiment a chance.

It is super easy to prepare and a lot of fun.

Read the full instructions below and learn the science behind this fizzy ice experiment.

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Fizzy ice cubes is a fun and engaging ice science experiment. It is easy to prepare, and the kids can continue playing with it after the chemical reaction takes place.

Ice activities for toddlers, or the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment always fascinates children. This ice science experiment combines the two, taking the amazement to the next level.

Benefits of Fizzy Ice Experiments With Kids

Science experiments in general have many benefits for kids. Our fizzy ice cube experiment in particular provides the following benefits and makes it the perfect ice activity for preschoolers:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Observational skills
  • Communication and vocabulary
  • Concentration and focus
  • Critical thinking

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How to Make Fizzy Ice Cubes

But let’s take a look now at this fun activity with ice.

Here is what you will need for our ice science experiment:

Materials

  • Ice cube tray
  • freezer
  • spoon
  • container
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • dropper
  • food colouring
Baking Soda Ice Cubes Materials

These step by step tutorial is here to help you visualize how to make this your own fizzy ice experiment.

Preparation for Baking Soda Ice Cubes

  1. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with ½ a cup of water in a bowl and stir.
  2. Use a spoon to divide the mixture evenly over the ice cube tray.
  3. Place drops of food colouring in each of the individual ice cubes (optional).
  4. Freeze until the baking soda ice cubes are frozen.
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Instructions

Step 1: Place Baking Soda Cubes on a Tray

Help your toddler to cover the base of a tray in the baking soda ice cubes.

Step 2: Add Vinegar

Add the vinegar with a dropper. Encourage them to notice the smell.

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Step 3: Observe the Carbonated Ice Cubes

Observe together how the ice fizzes and changes when two colors mix.

Step 4: Add More Vinegar

Drop more vinegar onto the fizzy vinegar ice cubes.

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Step 5: Watch the Vinegar Ice Cubes

Watch the fizzes and rainbow colors form.

Step 6: Repeat Step 4

You can keep doing this until all the fizzing baking soda cubes melt.

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Tip

The process of this sticky ice experiment is great for children to observe:

  • change in colour (colour mixing)
  • fizzy ice cubes (gas produced)
  • physical change (ice melting)
  • formation of a solid (water to ice in the preparation).

This cool ice experiment is one that your pre-schooler will want to repeat. Learning can be so much fun when it´s play-based.

Do your kids enjoy STEM activities? Then try our popular Dancing Grapes Experiment, Rainbow Cloud Activity, Borax Snowflakes, Free MItten Printable, or Moon Dough Recipe for sensory play.

Fizzy Ice Experiment

Science Behind This Fizzy Science Experiment

The Science of the Chemical Reaction

When you mix vinegar and baking soda you will see a lot of bubbling and foaming. This is because a chemical reaction is happening between the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), a base, and the vinegar (acetic acid), an acid.

What you are seeing is an acid/base reaction. The reaction produces carbon dioxide gas (CO2) which is why you see all the bubbles.

Chemical Reactions (Changes)

But what is a chemical reaction?

Chemical reactions are a change in a substance that creates something new. It can´t go back (be changed) to its original form.

There are four main clues that a chemical change has occurred.

  1. There is a formation of gas (you see fizzing or bubbling).
  2. The reaction causes heat, light or smell (odour) to be emitted.
  3. You see a colour change.
  4. A solid is formed during the change.

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About The Author

Lisa

Lisa Forsythe is a teacher, a mum, and author of Simple Activities for Toddlers: A practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents.

Caring for her toddler Thomas, throughout the pandemic, gave her the inspiration to create @simpletoddleractivites on Instagram to offer other parents activity ideas. This has led to her writing her debut book to share her expertise with other parents.

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Fizzy Ice Cubes Experiment

Fizzy ice cube experiment

How to make fizzy ice cubes

Prep Time 7 hours 5 seconds
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 30 minutes 5 seconds

Materials

  • Ice cube tray
  • freezer
  • spoon
  • container
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • dropper
  • food colouring

Instructions

  1. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with ½ a cup of water in a bowl and stir.
  2. Use a spoon to divide the mixture evenly over the ice cube tray.
  3. Place drops of food colouring in each of the individual ice cubes (optional).
  4. Freeze until the baking soda ice cubes are frozen
  5. Help your toddler to cover the base of a tray in the baking soda ice cubes.
  6. Add the vinegar with a dropper. Encourage them to notice the smell.
  7. Observe together how the ice fizzes and changes when two colours mix.
  8. Repeat step 6 till ice is dissolved.

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