Kandinsky Citric Fizz

Kandinsky Citric Fizz Science Experiment

We really enjoyed exploring art this week when we made our art history Easter eggs, so I wanted to continue the fun and learn about another artist in a unique way. So, today, we’re learning about Wassily Kandinsky and exploring his circle painting while performing a new science experiment. I just love when art and science combine, and this activity is full of colorful, fizzy fun!

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Kandinsky Citric Fizz Science Experiment

  1. Gather your materials: baking soda, citric acid, water in a spray bottle or with pipettes, and coloring if you wish (food coloring, kool aid powder, or we used our DIY powdered paint that we made last week!)
  2. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda in the bottom of a pan.
  3. Then spread a layer of citric acid over the baking soda.
  4. Cut out circle templates of varying sizes.
  5. Sprinkle your coloring within the stencil.
  6. Layer the different sizes on top of one another using different colors to replicate Kandinsky’s painting!
  7. Here’s our finished masterpiece!
  8. Spray or drip water on your artwork and watch it fizz!

Kandinsky Citric Fizz Science Experiment We squirted our masterpiece and instantly it begins to fizz! The kids were really surprised that they could make a reaction with just water! We’ve done baking soda and vinegar experiments before, but this was way more unique!

Kandinsky Citric Fizz Science Experiment After making our circles, the kids wanted to do it again, so we just decorated it with abandon, shaking powder here, there and everywhere! It’s so beautiful!

Kandinsky Citric Fizz Science Experiment It’s also completely safe to touch, which of course the kids wanted to do! Not only can you touch it, but the ingredients create an endothermic chemical reaction when combined with the water. This means it feels REALLY cold!

Kandinsky Citric Fizz Science Experiment They weren’t expecting it to be cold, so their reactions were priceless! Once they realized that it was okay to touch the chilly stuff, they dug their hands in it to feel the bubbles popping against their skin. How fun is it to hold a chemical reaction in your hand!

Kandinsky Citric Fizz Science Experiment Grayson grabbed the dinosaurs to join in the play. Here they are stomping through our rainbow fizzy slush!

This is definitely one of the coolest preschool science experiments we’ve done yet! We had so much fun learning about art and science while enjoying sensory play with the slush and fine motor practice with the spray bottles. This will definitely be a repeat activity, maybe to cool off on a hot summer day!

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22 thoughts on “Kandinsky Citric Fizz

  1. This looks beautiful and fun. I just wanted to point out that this is an ENDOthermic reaction, meanings it is taking heat from your hands (hence it feels cold). An exoteric reaction would be releasing heat and making it feel warm.

  2. I love this and will do it next week.
    My question is: I wonder if you could lay paper on top of it and would it print? If so would it last?

    I guess I can do that experiment myself, but if someone already has, I would love to know if it would work.

    • I’m not sure how it would print, I would try using watercolor paper because it’s more absorbant, but I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work. I’d love if you shared a photo on my facebook wall if it works!

  3. Along with this study, you should read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s a children’s book, but my 83 year old friend, who is a watercolorist, was so excited by the story.
    Love the science! I’m all about that in my preschool class.

  4. I love this and hope you don’t mind if I try it out at some author visits! It is the perfect partner for my picture book The Noisy Paintbox (Knopf/Random House, illustrated by Mary Grandpre) about Kandinsky and his ability to hear colors (he had synesthesia!) Now the kids can have art to hear as well as see…THANKS! Super idea!!!!

  5. Did this today with my granddaughter and it was an instant hit. Will be doing it again soon. Thanks for the idea.

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