Magic fizzing shamrocks {St. Patrick’s Day activities}

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Shamrocks are such an iconic part of St. Patrick’s day, and I wanted to introduce my kids to shamrocks ahead of the holiday. We had done a fizzy paint activity for Valentine’s that they both enjoyed, so as one of our St. Patrick’s Day activities, I decided to bring the fizzy paint back with a St. Patrick’s Day twist! That is how our magic fizzing shamrocks activity was born!

Note: You can find this and other St. Patrick’s activities on my St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids page.

Magic fizzing shamrocks >> Gift of Curiosity

I prepared the following materials for this activity:

Magic fizzing shamrocks >> Gift of Curiosity

Initially, I just presented the shamrock form on a tray and we talked about its significance for St. Patrick’s Day as well as its shape and color. At that point, I let the kids have the paint to begin turning their shamrocks green.

Magic fizzing shamrocks >> Gift of Curiosity

Magic fizzing shamrocks >> Gift of Curiosity

After they had completely filled in their shamrocks, I handed them the cups of vinegar with the pipette. QBoy decided to smell his vinegar and declared that it smelled bad. 🙂

Magic fizzing shamrocks >> Gift of Curiosity

The kids then began adding vinegar to their shamrocks. There was a great bubbling effect as the vinegar came into contact with the baking soda in the paint.

Magic fizzing shamrocks >> Gift of Curiosity

These three pictures show the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar over the span of several seconds.

Magic fizzing shamrocks >> Gift of Curiosity

Lots of fun for St. Patrick’s Day! What will you and your kids be doing to celebrate?

More St. Patrick’s Day ideas for kids

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For more St. Patrick’s activity ideas, check out my St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids page and my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board.

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  1. Annette @ InAllYouDo says

    Visiting you from TGIF at Living Life Intentionally. I love this idea!!! Looks like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to try it for St. Patrick’s Day!!! I also pinned it to my Holidays: St. Patty’s Day board on Pinterest.

  2. says

    What a fun idea! I can see my kids going bonkers for this 🙂 I would love to invite you to link up at our Share It Saturday linky party. We have lots of creative ideas submitted each week and you would fit right in!

    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

  3. Kelly S says

    Just came across your site and I love it!! Please tell me where you got all those art trays from … I searched your site and the web but couldn’t find the same size. Thanks!!

  4. says

    We’ve used vinegar and baking soda for volcanoes, but you have come up with some awesome creative uses for it. I love the idea of using it as paint.

  5. says

    This looks like a really fun hands-on activity! I’m featuring it this week on Learn with Play at home. Thanks for linking it to Tuesday Tots. Have a great day 🙂

  6. says

    We love this project so much, that we are featuring your post tomorrow on Share It Saturday. Stop by and visit if you like. We will also be sharing with our FB and Twitter followers and pinning to our Share It Saturday Group Pinterest board.

    We hope to see your posts back at Share It Saturday again, we love your ideas 🙂
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

  7. says

    For all of the fizzy experiments we’ve done, I don’t think we’ve ever done one with painting. I might have to remedy that……

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

    • says

      I believe we did use finger paint paper, but really I just mean any paper thick enough for paint (i.e., that you can paint on without putting holes in it).


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