Glowing Chemistry Experiment For Children: Colour Play

Glowing Chemistry Experiment For Children: Colour Play

What happens when vinegar is added to baking soda? How about trying this out along with your child? All you need are food colouring, vinegar, and baking soda. Doing the experiment, your child learns about the chemical reaction. This apart it’s a sensory experience watching the play of colours. Here’s the glowing chemistry colour play activity that shows you how.

Parental Involvement: Low

Duration: 20 minutes

Skills Acquired: Curiosity, Explore, Sensory


  1. Baking soda
  2. Vinegar
  3. Food colouring
  4. Cups
  5. Container

Instructions for Glowing Chemistry Colour Play Experiment

  • Fill a container with some baking soda. Spread it evenly.
  • Fill cups with equal amount of vinegar.
  • Choose any 3-4 food colouring of your choice. Add a few drops of the food colour in each of the cups. Ensure the colours are evenly mixed. The colour solutions are ready
  • Pour in the different colour solutions in the container with baking soda.
  • Get ready for some colour play! Now pour the colour solutions from the cup directly on to the baking soda.

Isn’t it wonderful to watch different colours bubble together? What do you see? Is there some fizz?

Science Behind It

Well, when vinegar is added to baking soda, there is a chemical reaction. Carbon dioxide is released in the process. This is why you see the fizz.

Following the chemical reaction of baking soda with vinegar, what you have is colourful residue.

Activity done by Vishwajeet