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  • Gina

Fourth of July Fizzy Fun

In this BLOG post I will teach you how to create Fizzy Fun experiences at home, my favorite fine motor tools and the benefits of sensory-based STEM play.

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XO Gina

Baking soda and vinegar experiments are a classic, engaging and hands-on activity for kids of all ages! You only need a few supplies to create Fizzy Fun experiences at home, in the classroom or in your therapy space. Kids have the opportunity to observe chemical reactions, watch as bursts of color bubble together and listen to the sounds of the ingredients mixing and fizzing together!

This type of play opens up opportunities to create, explore, problem solve and learn about the world around you. It is captivating, it is simple and it is magical every single time!

We love adding a festive twist for the holidays; this time we did red, white and blue with GLITTER! You can skip the glitter if you prefer!


  • Baking soda

  • White Vinegar

  • Food coloring (optional)

  • Glitter (optional)

  • Muffin tin or ice cube tray

  • Sensory tray or baking dish

  • Pipette or medicine dropper

Step 1: If you are adding glitter, sprinkle it in the bottom of your sensory tray or bowl.

Step 2: Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda in the bottom of your tray or bowl. 

Step 3: In your small cups/bowls add 3-5 drops of food coloring, then fill halfway with water. Fill the other half with vinegar. Stir.

Step 4: Fill your pipette with the vinegar/water mix & squirt it into the baking soda tray. Watch as it bubbles & fizzes & colors mix together.

Step 5: Keep the magic going by adding in more baking soda and/or vinegar!

Try Frozen Fizzy Fun: Check it out HERE!

There are SO many Science concepts that can be taught while exploring this activity, but adding in tools to their play adds an extra layer of fine motor support. As kids squeeze and spray and squirt the vinegar into the baking soda, they are strengthening the tiny muscles in their fingers and hands. Those same muscles are responsible for important skills such as feeding yourself, zippering your coat and writing with a pencil!

The more we can work those muscles in the early years (LONG before they hold a pencil), the smoother the process will be when they are required to write.

Fine Motor Tools:

  • Tweezers

  • Tongs

  • Squirt bottle

  • Spray bottle

  • Pipette

  • Medicine dropper

Sensory Play Supports:

  • Language and vocabulary

  • Cognitive growth

  • Fine motor skills (small muscle movements)

  • Gross motor skills (big movements)

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Communication

  • Exploration of textures

  • One's ability to make connections

  • The concept of cause & effect

Benefits of STEM Play:

  • Fizzy play is a fun & engaging way to teach children about chemical reactions.

  • Through fizzy play, children have the opportunity to strengthen fine motor skills, learn & review color names & practice color mixing.

  • Encourages critical thinking.

  • Improves concentration and focus.


Fizzy Fun is an easy one to clean up and a great way to get your kids involved in the process. Dump the leftover mixture down the sink and give it a quick wipe with soap and water!

If you are using glitter, do not dispose down the drain. Throw mixture away in the trash.

You get to decide what is safe and manageable in your home. Always monitor young children.


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