Kids Toys That Use Baking Soda & Vinegar
Awesome Activities with a Classic Reaction
Kids for many generations have been learning science and having fun with the classic scientific reaction caused by mixing baking soda and vinegar.
The reaction causes gases to be released, and therefore it expands. If you want to dive deeper, you can read the in-depth explanation of why baking soda and vinegar react.
There are so many great kids toys out there using baking soda and vinegar, and we are working our way through them one at a time. Here is our ever-expanding list of kids toys that use baking soda and vinegar as the reaction.
Liquifly Fizz Rocket
A great value toy at under $10. We purchased it from Cool Things Australia, and you can read our full review of the Liquifly Fizz Rocket for more info about this toy.
The Liquifly Fizz Rocket is made up of 2 parts, the rocket and base. You use the supplied scoop to put vinegar in the rocket, and baking soda in the base. You then click it together and quickly place it on the ground or solid surface. The pressure builds up, and the rocket goes flying. It flies up about 5 metres, and we were impressed with the power created by the small amount of baking soda and vinegar we used.
Kmart Kids Science Volcano
You can currently get this toy at Kmart for $5. You can read our full review of the Kmart Kid Science Volcano for more info about this toy.
The volcano used to be branded Anko, but I think now it is branded kid science; they are the same though. The kit comes with everything you need. Initially, you use citric acid instead of vinegar, but it works the same. Once we used up the citric acid, we just replaced it with vinegar and didn't notice anything different.
You set down the plastic volcano, put a few scoops of baking soda inside, mix in some food colouring to the vinegar, and pour it in. The reaction causes the volcano to seem as though it is erupting as the mixture overflows.
Same Products, Different Names
In this post, we refer to the main ingredients as Baking Soda and Vinegar, but there seem to be other names used for the same thing.
Baking Soda: When I grew up, we used the nickname bi-carb; which was short for bicarbonate. That is the technical name for the active ingredient.
Vinegar: Vinegar is pretty standard. White vinegar is the vinegar commonly used; however, the active component you are looking for is 'acetic acid'. You can find it in a lot of things like ketchup and lemon juice.
A simple and a complex explanation of what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar. A very popular STEM science reaction.