If you are looking for a 4th of July activity this Independence Day that sneaks in some learning, you will love this fourth of July science experiment. This 4th of July science experiment has a fun red, white and blue star experiment themed for our American flag, aka The Star Spangeled Banner. Try this 4th of July fun project with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders for some hands-on play.
4th of July Science Experiments
Take advantage of 4th of July activities to sneak in fun fourth of July science experiments. This 4th of July science experiments has a fun star theme for your 4th of July theme. Use these 4th of July activities for kindergarten to make learning fun while playing with a red, white, and blue science experiment. This summer science is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students.
Fourth of july science experiments
To try this cute independence day activity you will need a few simple materials you probably already have on hand in your kitchen:
- 1-2 boxes baking soda (depending on the size and number of stars you want to make)
- clear dish soap (optional)
- star cookie cutter (optional)
- glitter (optional, but magical to make the stars burst)
- food coloring (we used red and blue, but this is optional)
- bowl and spoon to mix it up
- tray or rectangular pan
- squirt bottle, eyedropper, or baster
Fourth of july science activities
To make this patriotic activity for kids, start by mixing baking soda, food coloring, glitter, and water in a bowl.
Patriotic science experiments
Add enough water so you can form into a shape and it will hold. We added some clear dish soap to get some extra fizzing action, but it will be cool with or without it.
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Use your hands or a star cookie cutter to mold the star.
4th of july activities for kids
Repeat to make various stars in red, white, and blue. You can even make different size stars if you like.
Kindergarten 4th of july activities
Put your stars in a 9×13 glass dish, art try tray with a lip, or similar.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment
Kids love watching the stars that are stacked up fall and morph into each other. I suggest either buiding towers before activating the science part of the baking soda and vinegar reaction or having multi colored stars on your platter.
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Put vinegar in a squirt bottle along with blue or red food coloring. Children will squirt the start to create a fun chemistry experiment.
Fourth of july kindergarten activities
The stars will bubble, fizz, and seem to burst just like the song. Okay, not exactly, in the Star Spangeled Banner the bombs burst in the air, but kids will get the connection. Maybe sing the song together as you try this experiment.
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The colors are so pretty bubbling and fizzing all over each other. It is a big pan of patriotic color science fun! We choose to just do red, but you could do different colors. We liked how the red and white colors popped out of the star.
Another option is to color the stars when you are mixing the baking soda, water, dish soap, and sequens. Then children use the same clear vinegar to activate all colored stars for a colorful interaction.
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So, what is happening in this chemistry experiment for kids? In these patriotic science experiments we combined baking soda (base) and vinegar (acid) to make a chemical reaction. This baking soda and vinegar reaction creates a gas called carbon dioxide. You can see, hear, feel, and smell the simple chemical reaction!
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