Summer fun with a sparkly explosion

Hi folks,
Amy here I am writing the blog today, with the kids breaking up from school this week, sometimes finding fun and imaginative things to do can be a hassle. That’s where I come in to help!

My Niece Olivia has been asking and asking to do some fun science experiments that sparkle and explode. Which I don’t mind as who doesn’t want to make things explode, takes me back to when I was at school in science class, hiding behind the desk while my science teach put mentos into a Pepsi bottle and watched it bounce around the room. But don’t worry this little experiment isn’t as messy! I hope you have as much fun as we did!

Supplies you need for a sparkly explosion.

  •  Vase
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  •  Food colouring (we used red to make it look like an explosion)
  • Glitter (we used blue to make it stand out from the red)
  •  Pan or box to contain the mess
  • Other supplies (look at step 4)

The 4 easy steps

  1. Place 2-3 tablespoons baking soda in the bottom of the vase and then place the vase in the pan/box.
  2. Add 6-7 drops of food colouring and 1-2 teaspoons of glitter (colour of your choice).
  3. Quickly pour in half a cup of vinegar and watch out for the sparkles!
  4. When all the action is over, why not repeat the experiment but this time let your child choose what to add. What does pepper look like in an explosion instead of glitter? Does adding salt change anything? Let your child or sibling change the variables and before you add the vinegar to make it explode, why not predict what will happen and see if anyone guesses right!


Enjoy watching your little ones faces when they see the explosion, they will be sure to want to do it again and will keep them occupied.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog, stay tuned for another great idea to do with your kids over the summer term.

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