A science experiment that we never tire of is a fizzing ice science experiment. I love these types of experiments because they are super easy to make, and because I usually have all of the ingredients around at my fingertips. This time we made a fizzing ice science experiment with beginning sounds to add an additional literacy element!
First, we found some of our favorite animal creatures. Then we found the letter that matched with the corresponding beginning sound.
We turned this into a science experiment by using ingredients that you would use in another classic favorite: a volcano eruption. If you have made those, you know that vinegar and baking soda are the main components. When we turn the liquid mixture of baking soda and water into a solid (in this case we are turning it into ice), the result is super fun fizzing!
The science behind baking soda and vinegar all centers around a chemical reaction. The baking soda releases a gas when it combines with the vinegar. The result is that the baking soda is transformed into water and carbon dioxide. That is when the fun sizzling and fizzing sound comes out and bubbles appear. How incredible is that?!
Getting Ready for Your Experiment
- Ice Cube tray
- Plastic creatures or TOOB animals
- Letter beads
- Baking soda
- Pipettes or medicine droppers
- Learning tray or plastic container
We used two types of ice cube trays – one that was shallow and another that was deep. The shallow ice cube container was great for the smaller plastic creatures. We were able to set those creatures free super quickly! The deep one is technically for making baby food in case you are having trouble finding one, and it worked perfectly for the larger bugs and creatures. You can find deeper trays like this in stores or on Amazon, too.
Any type of plastic bug, animal, or creature would do. We love TOOB plastic animals! They will not be harmed in the process. In fact, baking soda and vinegar are wonderful at cleaning, so you’ll just have super clean learning supplies afterward.
The letter beads are something we use on a regular basis. Amazon sells them, as do many school supply stores. You can use them for so many things, including spelling and word work games!
Pipettes are also available on Amazon. You can get a bunch for a super great deal, which is great for if you are doing this experiment in a classroom with a larger group.
We used learning trays to do our science experiment on. Any type of plastic container would work perfectly though.
Fizzing Ice Science Experiment
Our ice is made of a combination of water and baking soda. The proportions have room for flexibility. I mixed three parts water to one part baking soda, but you can add much more baking soda. In fact, it is fun to compare how fizzy these get with more baking soda! Just stir the baking soda and water together until the baking soda dissolves. Keep in mind that having warm water will make this happen much easier.
We put our animal creatures into the ice cube trays, then we added the alphabet bead that represented the beginning sound. In some of them, we used both an upper case and lower case letter. Next, we poured the baking soda and water mixture over the creatures and letters.
Let them freeze for several hours. You’ll know that they are ready because the ice will no longer be clear.
Now it’s time to pull out the ice cubes and spray them down with vinegar. Cue the bubbles and fizzing!
We used pipettes, but medicine bottles or squeeze bottles would work great too.
I love that this activity is sneaking in so many skills. Children are using fine motor skills to squeeze the pipette, observing a chemical reaction, and associating beginning sounds.
It’s a win-win, and chances are that after it is finished, you will be getting more requests for some fizzing ice science experiments again!
More Science Fun!
Looking for more fun activities that will get your kids excited to be scientists? Make mulit-colored flowers, mix science and art with a nebula in a jar craft, or learn about color mixing while using toy cars!
More Beginning Sounds Resources
Learning letter sounds is key to unlocking the magic of reading! Our beginning sound sorts get kids thinking and comparing the sounds of each letter. Or, you can grab letter and sound resources from A-Z in our huge Alphabet Experts Bundle!
If you have letter magnets, grab our fun and free letter sound magnet match!