Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Volcanic Egg Dying

If we're decorating eggs with vinegar and baking soda is it science or is it art?  I guess it's both!

 My boys are the kinds of boys who never tire with playing with baking soda and vinegar and watching different ways we can set off this reaction so I knew volcanic egg dying was perfect for us!
 We decided to set out small bowls of baking soda paint (I mixed baking soda, concentrated liquid food dye-- ours came in an egg decorating kit that we never ended up using, and just a hint of water).

I only added enough water to make our colored baking soda mixture spreadable and then set out a few brushes for each kid to use with each color.  I also kept the spoon/fork I used to mix the colors with in case the baking soda started to settle to the bottom of the paint (and it did).

I then set out one slightly larger bowl with white vinegar and some medicine droppers.

I gave each boy a disposable tin tray (though can I really call them disposable if we've never gotten rid of any of them?  We use them ALL the time for tons of science experiments!).

They each put their egg in their tray, painted on one or two or all of the colors of baking soda paint until they had their egg the way they liked it.  They even experimented with dripping a few drops of straight food coloring onto the egg.  Once they were ready they'd suck up a bunch of vinegar and start squirting the egg.

We'd see it fizz, bubble and wash part of the color away.

Some colors mixed very unexpectedly; like when Ian mixed our bright pink with the dark teal green color to get an army green color that turned purple when reacting with the vinegar.

They must have spent close to an hour decorating eggs and they had so much fun trying to make tie-dyed looking eggs, striped eggs, speckled eggs and more.

Painting the eggs

adding vinegar

watching it bubble and fizz

fun for all ages

making patterns

hard at work

our finished eggs-- aren't they bright and colorful?!

When all the boys were done with all the paint and vinegar we set them in the sink and set off one gigantic colorful eruption. 



We just loved this fun activity!

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  1. I think dying eggs makes an artist out of all of us!!
    jodie
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    1. It really does! We try to find a new way to dye eggs each year just to mix it up; they always come out so pretty too.

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  2. I think my husband and I enjoy egg dying more than the kids!

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    1. I know I for sure do; my husband... not so much.

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  3. Baking soda and vinegar are always fun to play with! My 4 year old said, "I wanna do that!" lol Thanks for sharing on the #fabfridaypost.

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    1. It is! There is something so captivating by watching and listening to all those bubbles. Enjoy!

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  4. This is such a fun idea! My daughter is only 1 now, but once she is a little bit older we will def be doing some stuff like this. Thank you for the inspiration. I am pinning to share...and remember for the future! :)

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    1. Thanks for the pin! 1 is a fun age; we used to "paint" with pudding or cool whip and sometimes if I wanted something less messy I'd squeeze paint into a Ziploc bag; tape it to the table or floor and them mix up the colors... But I'm pretty sure the boys were around 3 before they started dying Easter eggs.

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  5. That is a great idea. I'll have to remember that one for one Peachy is a bit older. This year we got a standard egg dying kit. Peachy is only 15 months old and can't help that much yet, but I'm sure she'll want to try. #FabFridayPost

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    1. My kids loved dying eggs even when they were young. We used to dye eggs outside on our picnic table.

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  6. Ooh, I really like this method - I can see how much fun it'd be for the kids and the eggs come out looking great! Thanks for sharing with Awesome Life Friday!

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    1. Thanks! I have to admit I even found it pretty fun to watch.

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  7. What a fun method! Dying eggs AND exploding "volacoes" ? It's every kids dream. Thanks for sharing at MY Busy Beehives #beeparty this week!

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