Grab your candy canes, baking soda, and vinegar to make candy cane fizz! We have been doing this Christmas science activity for years, and it’s always a hit.
Introducing candy cane fizz
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We cannot get enough of this combo. It sizzles! And bubbles! And fizzes! 10/10 every time.
We also love a good seasonal science activity, and candy cane fizz combines all of the above.
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Candy cane fizz is perfect for breaking up all the Christmas crafts
I often share 100x during the holidays that there is more to Christmas activities with kids than endless crafts.
Typically, I use the example of a handprint Santa: it’s adorable and families love it, but there’s little creativity for the kids.
During a time of craft after craft, your kids will be delighted to explore science and open-ended seasonal play with candy cane fizz.
Try some of these other fabulous Christmas Science activities:
- Christmas Bubble Foam
- Christmas Moon Sand
- Cranberry Christmas Sensory Bin
- Christmas Science Activity with Oil and Water
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- Baking soda
- Shallow tray – casserole dishes and baking sheets work wonderfully, too
- Eyedroppers or spoons
- Candy canes – mini or regular
How do you make candy cane fizz?
Step 1: Spread a thin layer of baking soda across the bottom of your shallow tray.
Step 2: Add candy canes to the baking soda.
Tip: If using mini candy canes, invite your child to open the packages for tons of bonus fine motor practice.
Step 3: Invite your child to squirt or spoon vinegar onto the candy canes. When the baking soda and vinegar mix, they will bubble and fizz.
The science of candy cane fizz
As more vinegar is added to the candy canes, they will start to dissolve.
The red coloring will gradually come off, coloring your baking soda red!
The best part about it dissolving is that it isn’t super quick, so this isn’t an activity that lasts only five minutes. Instead, your child can come back and forth to the science throughout the day.
What are candy canes made of?
I have many memories of my mom and I watching the shows on Food Network where they show you how things are made.
Seeing something go from simple ingredients to a finished product is fascinating.
Check out this “How Candy Canes Are Made” YouTube video with your child (it’s adorable!).
(Hint: Sugar, corn syrup, water, coloring, and flavoring.)
How do you clean up candy cane fizz?
When done, you could scrape it all into the garbage, and you’re cleaned up in just a couple of minutes.
OR, if you’re a big ol’ science nerd like me, you could fill your container with water, predict what will happen, and check back on it again the next day. 😉
Frequently Asked Questions
Any child that can safely enjoy the materials. Technically all ingredients are taste-safe, too.
It depends on the size of the tray you use, but you only need a thin layer. We used probably a 1-1.5 cups.
They do! This would be fun for your child to predict how long they think it will take for the color to come off completely.