Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment

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Fall is moving in and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. This fizzy pumpkin science experiment is a great way to have a little fun and excitement. This is great for the entire season from fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving.

Anytime you can create anything fun with pumpkins, why not? The kids LOVE this fall experiment and I have to admit that it’s pretty cool as well! This is the perfect combination of messy play and STEM, all rolled into one!

Don’t forget to check out other Fizzy Experiments Your Kids Will Love as well. I’m a huge fan of hands-on learning and activities like this are the best.

If you really wanna take it up a notch, why not add a bit of pumpkin pie spice for even more sensory fun? We love this pumpkin activity and literally do this every year. It’s a fun way to get them excited and geared up for more learning all about pumpkins. 

We’ll typically start this learning activity in the fall and tie it in with some of our other fall learning worksheets and fun as well. It’s a great hands-on activity that you can easily do with the kids. 

Pumpkin season means pumpkin smells and flavors everywhere! Because when it’s fall, it’s time for all things pumpkin to happen!

Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment

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Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment

This is such a fun experiment to do with the kids! It has a quick reaction so you can easily do this simple science activity with just a few moments of time. 

This is perfect for a quick break from traditional learning and an easy way to get the kid’s attention focused back on school. This is also a simple way for the kids to take charge of their learning lesson and complete an experiment on their own as well.

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Tips For Creating this STEM Pumpkin Experiment

Keep in mind that you’re going to have a little bit of mess that comes about from this pumpkin activity. Don’t fret, this is going to be normal! All you have to do is lay down something for the kids so that they don’t get the mess everywhere and you’ll be good to go.

If it’s a nice day, you can even take this fun pumpkin experiment outside as well. That way the mess can stay outside and it’s one less thing that you’re going to have to clean up!

If you want to try more awesome activities, try these Pumpkin STEM Activities.

Recommended Pumpkin Activity Kits

Get these pumpkin activity kits for a fun Homeschool Pumpkin/Halloween lesson.

Little Learners Print & Go Activity Kit: Pumpkin Life Cycle

Discover how a pumpkin seed grows into a full grown pumpkin with this learning pack.

Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bin

Grab this activity kit for a more hands-on activity about pumpkins.

Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment

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Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment Supplies

These are the supplies that you’ll need to do this easy science experiment. It doesn’t take much to do a DIY science experiment at home. In fact, most of these items you probably already have in your house, ready to use!

Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda Shaker - 12 OzArm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda Shaker – 12 OzHeinz All-Natural Distilled White Vinegar, 5% Acidity, 16 Fl Ounce (1 Pint)Heinz All-Natural Distilled White Vinegar, 5% Acidity, 16 Fl Ounce (1 Pint)Amazon Brand - Happy Belly Assorted Food Coloring, 1.2 fl ozAmazon Brand – Happy Belly Assorted Food Coloring, 1.2 fl ozLaxmi Brand Cinnamon Stick, Round Cinnamon Stick, Authentic Cinnamon, Made Pure, Made Fresh, Tradition of Quality, Product of India (7oz)Laxmi Brand Cinnamon Stick, Round Cinnamon Stick, Authentic Cinnamon, Made Pure, Made Fresh, Tradition of Quality, Product of India (7oz)Baking Sheet Stainless Steel Baking Pan Cookie Sheets for Baking, Zacfton 10.4 x 8 x 1 Inch Quarter Sheet Pan Toaster Oven Tray, Easy Clean & Non-stick & Dishwasher SafeBaking Sheet Stainless Steel Baking Pan Cookie Sheets for Baking, Zacfton 10.4 x 8 x 1 Inch Quarter Sheet Pan Toaster Oven Tray, Easy Clean & Non-stick & Dishwasher SafeSparkle® Tear-A-Square® Paper Towels, 2 Double Rolls = 4 Regular RollsSparkle® Tear-A-Square® Paper Towels, 2 Double Rolls = 4 Regular Rolls

 

Instructions

What you’ll find when making this simple science experiment is that it’s not hard to do at all. Just follow the easy steps and go over the process with the kids.

Mix a small bit of each food coloring into a small bowl of baking soda. Use water to thin it out as needed. If you choose to add pumpkin pie spice do it now.

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If you add too much water add more baking soda to create a thick paste similar to a thick toothpaste.

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Press colored baking soda paste into cookie cutters.

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Use a paper towel to soak up excess liquid off the top and clean around the edges.

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Remove the cookie cutters.

Cut the end off of the cinnamon stick and break apart. Use to make a brown stem for your pumpkins.

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Let your children play, encourage them to touch and smell before you make the pumpkins fizz. Then allow them to spray or dump vinegar onto the pumpkins. Encourage kids to squish and feel the fizzing pumpkins.

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Getting hands dirty is all part of the process! Washing hands can happen after the experiment is complete, or consider keeping wet sipes nearby to keep the mess under control as the experiment is happening.

Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment

When it comes to finding science experiments for your children to enjoy, this Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment is a great place to start. Finding options for children that can be hands-on is so key to making certain that they can enjoy the experience completely from start to finish.

If you love this activity, then you should also try these awesome Halloween science experiments that your little scientist will love.

Learning and listening are important, but so many children actually learn better by being able to have activities where they can get their hands dirty and creating as well.

Getting ready for Halloween? These Halloween Kindergarten Activities will be fun!

Before we even start this simple experiment, I know that it’s going to end up messy. That’s just the way that it is! But as many times as we’ve done this, I can assure you that the positives of the learning and creativity that come along with this activity absolutely outweigh the cons of getting a little bit messy. 

Open up their eyes to the realization that science experiments can be both fun and educational at the same time! The more that this concept is introduced to them, the more excitement that they’ll have to explore other topics and experiments as well.

Looking for more? Try these fun Halloween activities for 1st graders! I’m sure your little one will have a blast this Halloween with these activities.

One easy way to keep the kids interested when learning at home is to use experiments such as this in a way to guide their love of creativity. This is also the perfect resource to show the kids that learning at home is anything but boring! They’ll love knowing that this type of activity is perfect for any time of the day and you can even do this when it’s not fall weather as well.

STEM activities are fun and these Fall STEM activities are even more exciting!

Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment

Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment

Materials

  • Flat tray or pan
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Pumpkin cookie cutters
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Red and yellow food coloring or orange food coloring
  • A small amount of water
  • Cinnamon stick

Instructions

    1. Mix a small bit of each food coloring into a small bowl of baking soda. Use water to thin it out as needed. If you choose to add pumpkin pie spice do it now.
    2. Press colored baking soda paste into cookie cutters.
    3. Use a paper towel to soak up excess liquid off the top and clean around the edges.
    4. Remove the cookie cutters.
    5. Cut the end off of the cinnamon stick and break apart. Use to make a brown stem for your pumpkins.
    6. Let your children play, encourage them to touch and smell before you make the pumpkins fizz. Then allow them to spray or dump vinegar onto the pumpkins. Encourage kids to squish and feel the fizzing pumpkins.

Notes

If you add too much water add more baking soda to create a thick paste similar to a thick toothpaste.

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