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.
I prepared the following materials for this activity:
- Painting paper cut into a shamrock shape
- Green fizzy paint (see my Valentine’s heart fizzy painting post for info on how to make fizzy paint)
- A paint brush
- A small cup of vinegar
- A plastic pipette
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.
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. 🙂
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.
These three pictures show the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar over the span of several seconds.
Lots of fun for St. Patrick’s Day! What will you and your kids be doing to celebrate?
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