Exciting Exploding Tea Party

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Looking for a fun spin on your daily tea party? Why not create this Exploding Tea Party instead? It’s a super fun way to make it fizzy and exciting and certain to have the kids joining in on all the fun. 

If you like this experiment, your kids should try these Summer STEM Activities, too.

Whenever I am coming up with ideas for activities for the kids I love to put a unique spin on a basic idea. One of our favorite hands-on science activities is baking soda and vinegar, the fizzing reaction always sets off squeals and giggles every time we bring it out.

This time, instead of putting our mixture in the typical bowl or pan I thought it would be fun to set it out as an exciting exploding tea party using my daughter’s favorite tea set.

You should have seen the look on her face! She was surprised but loved every minute of it! She couldn’t wait for another tea time to do this simple STEM activity again.

Sometimes messy play is the best play – and totally worth the mess! (although, if you’re careful, you can create it so that it’s mess free and so much fun!)

Exciting Exploding Tea Party

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Exciting Exploding Tea Party

While this is a just a super fun science activity to do with the kids, it’s a great way to talk about the way that things react as well. Using baking soda and vinegar to create this “explosion” is one that is too much fun to pass up!

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Exciting Exploding Tea Party Supplies

For this activity, you will need the following supplies listed below. Since these ingredients are not for little kids to get their hands on, adult supervision is needed!

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Tea set
  • Optional- food coloring

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How to Create this Exploding Tea Party Activity

First you want to fill your toy teapot with vinegar and replace the lid. This is the little tin set we have had for nearly 2 years and it gets a lot of use!

Next, fill each teacup halfway with baking soda.

If you want to make it even more fun add a couple drops of food coloring to each tea cup. If you are nervous about regular food coloring you can use this natural powder food coloring in place of the drops.

Let your child pour the “tea” into each cup and watch the fun bubble over.
Place the saucers on top leaving just a crack to pour vinegar into and see if you can get it to bubble away.

Try using different amounts of vinegar and baking soda and see what happens.

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As you can see we loved varying up the colors to this fun foaming tea party. We all picked our favorite colors but we agreed that the red and blue produced the brightest results!

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After we were done we rinsed our tea set well before putting it away, vinegar is corrosive and if left inside for long it might ruin it. This was a great time for us to talk about the activity and discuss what had just happened.

It was pretty great to have the kids so excited about this simple STEM activity and still talking about it long after it happened! We all agreed that the next time we’re ready for a tea party, this is going to have to happen again!

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  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. Will have to try this. thanks

    1. It is, let me know if you try it.

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