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Valentine Science: Frozen Vinegar Hearts

 Posted by on January 25, 2013
Jan 252013

Looking for science ideas for Valentine’s Day? I have several valentine activities to share over the next few weeks. This idea involves two ingredients kids love: baking soda and vinegar. Add some hearts and you have a perfect Valentine’s Day science activity.

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Valentine Science: Frozen Vinegar Hearts

You know all about the standard baking soda and vinegar reaction, right? Vinegar is an acid. Baking soda is a base. Combine the two together and you get a chemical reaction that produces water and salt…

What happens if we freeze the vinegar or baking soda or both? Set up this investigation to find out.


  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • water
  • freezer trays or molds {in heart shapes for fun}
  • food coloring {optional}


frozen vinegar hearts

{The amounts aren’t really that important here.}

  1. Fill your freezer trays or molds half full of water and half full of vinegar. {Use more vinegar and get more bubbles faster.}
  2. Add a drop or two of food coloring.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 cup of water. Stir to dissolve.

You could also freeze the baking soda and water solution.

The Invitation

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Add the baking soda and water combo to a pan or bowl. Place the frozen vinegar hearts in a second container. Invite your child to explore. He will mix the frozen hearts with the water. As the ice melts, the baking soda and vinegar will react. {You will see bubbles and excitement.} You will also see the colors mix.

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Allow your child to add more baking soda and water solution to the frozen vinegar.

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Add baking soda directly to the frozen vinegar. This will also produce a reaction. If you dunk the ice in water first, the baking soda reacts faster. {It reaches the vinegar more quickly.}

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Try it with frozen water minus the vinegar. Will it bubble when baking soda is added to it? {No. baking soda doesn’t react with water.}

ice and baking soda


Reminders and Cautions

Baking soda and vinegar are safe to touch. However, contact with the eyes should be avoided. Rinse eyes with water if your child happens to stick his hands in his eyes after touching vinegar. Wash hands when you are finished playing.

It goes without saying that this activity should be supervised by an adult.

Questions to Ask

Ask your child what she thinks will happen. She may talk about ice floating on water. Make observations as you go along. The ice heart floats on the water.

There are bubbles forming. What do you think the ice is made of? What have you mixed together with baking soda that creates bubbles? Vinegar! {My 3 year old answered this. We have played with baking soda and vinegar quite often and talked about the bubbles. Aiden has an empty box of baking soda that he pretends to mix with a cup of “vinegar” and it makes pretend bubbles, so he’s quite familiar with what’s happening.}

What do you think the bubbles are? They are made when the vinegar reacts with the baking soda. If you are so inclined, you could discuss how the bubbles are carbon dioxide {like we exhale and plants take in}.

Talk about the colors you see. What happens when the red heart melts into the blue water? What other colors could we make?

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  30 Responses to “Valentine Science: Frozen Vinegar Hearts”

  1. Cute experiment! We may have to try it sometime!
    Ashley recently posted..Letter G Sensory BinMy Profile

  2. so much fun!
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  3. oh wow, that is amazing! What a great idea. x
    Emma @sciencesparks recently posted..Valentine Science IdeasMy Profile

  4. This is a super-fun idea!!!
    maryanne @ mama smiles recently posted..Virtual Book Club for Kids: David McPhailMy Profile

  5. This totally and completely rocks. I happen to have heart ice cube trays. I am going to freeze some vinegar tonight to do this with my boys tomorrow.
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  6. This is a great twist to a “common” science experiment that makes it fit into a theme to make learning more fun!

    Thank you for linking up to Sharing Saturday.
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  7. Wow what a great idea. I’ve never thought of freezing the ingredients before. I will definitely be trying this.
    Emma (My Little 3 and Me) recently posted..In the kitchen with Nigella: OatcakesMy Profile

  8. we will be doing this this week.LOVE it!
    kristina recently posted..Being Kind to Strangers {Kitchen Counter Chronicles}My Profile

  9. I made some vinegar ice cubes today for cleaning out the garbage disposal, but also decided to make some extras for my 3 year-old, as well as a batch of baking soda ice cubes. I wish I thought of doing some that were heart shapes. Our big heart shape ice cube hit was beet juice ice cubes – no real science connection, but still very cool.
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  10. This is awesome! I love how you tied in the Valentines/heart theme! I’m going to share this on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!
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  11. What a fun experiment, my kids love science and I always need ideas for them!
    Jen recently posted..Valentine’s Day MantelMy Profile

  12. I am prepping this activity tonight with a clover mold! Can’t wait for my boys to discover it tomorrow! Thank you for the inspiration! ~ Marnie
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  13. I love this twist on an old favorite! Thank you for the inspiration!

  14. Oh, what fun!! We will definitely have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!
    Carrie recently posted..Simple Valentines–Made by a PreschoolerMy Profile

  15. I have these ingredients ready to use on the kitchen counter, but have been having issues coming up with an exciting play invitation. THIS I LOVE! Thank you so much. I’ve pinned this if that’s ok?

    Popping over from the Fun Sparks linky.
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  16. My comment from the other day isn’t here so I’ll try it again:

    SO COOL!!!!
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  17. Great choice! Thanks for sharing at the KBN Best Of Blog Hop. Pinning!
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