Easy Table Top Science : Bubbling Brew

Easy Table Top Science : Bubbling Brew

Last week I had my cousin’s little boy round for a few hours and it wasn’t long before he, and Mr D declared that they wanted to do some science experiments – it was a bit short notice so I opted for some easy table top science with some bubbling brew.

To create your own bubbling brew you need just a few simple household items:

  • Small glasses or jam jars
  • vinegar
  • food colouring
  • washing up liquid
  • bicarbonate of soda

Simply fill a glass or jar halfway up with the vinegar and add some food colouring – clear vinegar works best with food colouring but normal malt vinegar is fine; you just need to add more food colouring. Add a few drops of washing up liquid to the vinegar.

table top science

Simply pour in a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and you’ll see the mixture bubble up and over the edge of the glass – it’s pretty impressive! You can also add glitter and small sequins to make it more magical if you wanted to. If you’re particularly crafty you could make a volcano to cover the glasses – this would look really good I am sure as the mixture comes crashing down the edge!

super simple table top science using everyday household ingredients. Perfect for preschoolers and KS1

The children were wowed by this really simple mixture and my nephew even asked me where I had managed to get such chemicals from.

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we made volcanos ☺🌋

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I placed our glasses into a large, deep baking tray to catch the mixture as it over flowed – so make sure you have something to hand as it could get a bit messy!



  1. PAT
    20th April 2017 / 13:12

    Very impressive.

  2. 24th April 2017 / 14:09

    This looks great for something so simple, I never do anything like this with my own children – I really should do more often xx

  3. 25th April 2017 / 09:48

    I always think that it is important to get children excited about science. This bubbling brew is a really cool concept x

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