Candy Cane Experiment

My kids never tire of the old baking soda and vinegar trick.  In fact, this simple bit of science is pretty much my go-to activity when I need something quick to occupy them.  Today was one of those days, so I set up this simple erupting candy cane experiment for them.

Erupting Candy Cane
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This experiment only took a few minutes to put together, and my girls absolutely loved it!  Finally, a bit of peace while I prepare dinner.

Materials
Method
The first thing we needed to do for this activity was whip up a batch of candy cane vinegar.  All you need to make candy cane vinegar is vinegar, peppermint extract, and red food coloring.  Mix a few drops of red food coloring and extract into a a cup of vinegar, and you are all set.  This stuff is amazing, as the peppermint scent masks the normal vinegar smell.


 The only other thing you need is a canvas of baking soda with a few candy canes 

Candy Cane Science Experiment

I added a few plastic candy canes, but real ones would be even more fun and react to the fizzing science

To add a little fine motor to our fun I poured the candy cane vinegar into a clear cup and gave Rosie and Jewel a few pipettes

Candy Cane Science Activity for Kids

My girls were so excited to explore a bit of candy cane Science!

Rosie had a blast making candy cane eruptions over and over again!

Candy Cane Science Activity for Kids


The red candy cane vinegar and white baking soda created the perfect candy cane effect



And the whole experiment smelled just like Christmas!

Candy Cane Science Activity for Kids

This was such a simple and fun activity, and it allowed for this busy mama to get dinner on the table without my kids wining at my feet- a win for everyone I would say!

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