It’s entertaining to thrill the kids with simple chemistry in the kitchen. They’ll easily accept that you’re creating magic potions for their amazement and you probably already have most of these basic ingredients in your pantry. A few drops of food coloring and magic potions come alive with bright and vivid colors. You won’t need a magic wand for this magic, but your kids might appreciate this authentic touch.
Place the glass onto a counter and secretly choose a color of food coloring to add to the center of the glass. Squirt about three drops of food coloring into the glass. You could also create several magic potion glasses at one time with a different color of food coloring in each one.
Cover the food coloring with about 2 teaspoons of baking soda, mounded in the center of the glass.
Encourage your child to guess what color potion you are making.
Pour about 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the glass. Allow your child to do this part, if possible.
Watch the magic potion come alive before your eyes. The potion will fizz and bubble in whatever color of food coloring you used.
Combine 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 cup of cool water and 3 drops of any color food coloring in the bowl.
Dig in with your hands to mix the ingredients completely. Keep kneading until the goop becomes smooth and runny.
Grab big handfuls of the goop in your hands and watch how it changes. While kneading it, it should become a semi-solid. If you leave it alone, it will seep and run like a liquid.
Although these ingredients are food and safely ingestible, supervise your kids while they work in the kitchen to minimize mess and ensure effective clean-up.