Sparkly Explosion Activity

My daughter and I did this fun and inexpensive sparkly explosion activity together, which I found on Preschool Powel Packets‘ site.

Here is what you need:

  • vase
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • food coloring
  • glitter (could also experiment with pepper or salt) 
  • pan to contain the mess


  1. Place 2-3 Tablespoons baking soda in the bottom of the vase. Place the vase in the pan.
  2. Add 6-7 drops of food coloring and 1-2 teaspoons of glitter.
  3. Quickly pour in about 1/2 cup vinegar. Watch for the sparkles!
  4. When the action is over, repeat the experiment using a different variable like pepper, salt or spaghetti noodles, etc. Have fun experimenting!

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