Safety advice: Red food dye is a very messy ingredient to be using! Use gloves whilst mixing if you would like to keep it off your hands, and ensure that you keep this experiment outside to avoid getting red colouring all over your nice house or apartment. Be careful with mixing sticks to not get them in your eye as they can be pointy.
This is a safe and fun activity for kids to watch and help their parent/caregiver carry out. You will be surprised at how easy it is to do this.
Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3-4
- get messy
- fresh air
- be creative
Time required: 20 minutes
Curriculum connections: The Arts, Science, Geography
This is a very entertaining experiment for all kids. Try to demonstrate it for them first before handing the ingredients over for them to have a go.
- EYLF – Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
- Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda
- Container for mixing
- Cardboard base
- Mixing stick
- Red food dye
- Small cup
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.