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It's no secret that we love all things fizzing and foaming.  So for Easter I thought I would make S some magic eggs.  Some of them hatched little sequin chicks and some were foaming eggs that produced puffy soap foam.  And of course I made them into a rainbow, ha.


It's a little hard to see, but the bubbles start as soon as you touch the Magic Egg to the vinegar.  S slowly lowered and then completely dropped the egg in.


This one was a foaming egg, so it produced a fluffy mound of soap foam.  S broke the remaining egg bits up with her fingers.


She loved feeling the popping bubbles as the eggs erupted.


This egg was a hatching egg.  There's still a lot of crazy bubbling, but no soap foam.



Instead a tiny chick eventually pops to the surface of the bubbles!


Two eggs at a time (the hatching kind).


To make your own Magic Eggs, you'll need:

Baking Soda (aka Bi Carb Soda)
Liquid watercolors or food coloring
Water
Dish Soap (aka Washing up Liquid)
Small chicks (sequins or cut out of foam or something else water resistant)

The base recipe is the same for both Hatching Magic Eggs and Foaming Magic Eggs.  Take 1/3 cup of baking soda and add 1 Tablespoon of colored water (add your food coloring or liquid watercolors to the Tablespoon of water).  Mix well with a spoon to spread the color evenly.  Now you have the dough to make one egg.  I take about half the dough in one hand and shape the bottom half of an egg.  Then using a finger, I poke a shallow hole in the center.  I filled the whole with about 1/8 of a teaspoon of dish soap OR one of the sequin chicks.  I had a hard time fitting both in, but if you are more patient, you might be able to combine them.  Then I grabbed up the remaining dough to shape the rest of the egg.  Once it was nice and compacted, I laid each egg out on a paper towel to dry.  These are pretty firm after several hours, but best after 6-12.  I prepped them the night before so they were ready for play the following day.

Though you could squirt, spray, or dump vinegar on the eggs, we found that the best reaction was setting them in a shallow dish or cup of vinegar.  It led to the best and most dramatic production of bubbles.  :)



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Comments

  1. What a fun idea! I'll have to find some sequin chicks as my son would love these. Might actually have some buttons in the shape of chicks wonder if they would work or if they would be too heavy to raise to the surface.

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    1. Thank you!!! I suspect the buttons would fall to the bottom - but it would be fun to go on a hunt for the chick through the bubbles!

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  2. Asia you are my hero! I just love your ideas! I did a shout out to you and your blog today on my post! http://becomingblameless.blogspot.com/2014/03/learning-while-having-fun.html

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    1. Thank you so much for such a sweet post!!! You are rocking it, mama! :)

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  3. Oh mais j'avais loupé cette activité ! C'est super, je vais essayer de le faire avec Mam'Zelle J ☺
    Amitiés de France !!!

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    1. Merci! J'espère que vous aimez tant! :)

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  4. This is the best. Thank you so much for this idea; I have been looking for something to do for my boys this Easter!

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  5. We tried it out and while I imagine it will be super fun to watch my preschooler learn about it fizzing, the making of process is a bit of an art form. One I'm sad to say I failed at. My blobs are basically crumbly looking balls, nothing like an egg, but colourful! Yours are beautifully shaped!

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    1. Oh no! Well I hope that your little one still enjoys them. I have had LOTS of practice shaping things with baking soda dough compared to the average person, hahahaha.

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  6. this is awesome!! can they be made days in advance of using them, or is there 'best by' date to these eggs? :)

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    1. Hahahaha - love it! The hatching ones will last pretty indefinitely. The foaming ones are probably best within 2 days (after that the soap will be a lot less foamy).

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  7. This looks fun! I think I will make a batch for my girls. =)

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    1. Thank you, Lindsey! I hope they are a hit!

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  8. Where do you buy the chicks? I can't seem to find any.

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    1. Hi Courtney! I got ours from Michaels - I think it was called Easter Confetti, or something similar to that. Here's a listing that's very close to what I bought at Michaels:
      http://www.amazon.com/Amscan-360590AMS-Cnf-A-Easter-Confetti-Deluxe/dp/B006TD2LYU/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1396635427&sr=8-9&keywords=easter+confetti
      As an alternative you could cut a small chick out of yellow foam sheets (or anything else that's waterproof). Hope that helps!

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  9. Hi I was wondering if anything else worked besides vinegar?

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    1. Yes! Kool Aid powder + water will work or citric acid powder + water will also work. I'd recommend a tablespoon of citric acid per cup of water and 1 packet of Kool Aid per cup of water for the strongest reaction. Hope that helps!

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  10. Hello! Wondering if you had any tips on how to get great, vibrant color? My purple turned out like mud .. my green a little strange and red .. well .. not so beautiful .. lol =) I'll be quizzing my chemist husband in the a.m.! I used Market Pantry food coloring, perhaps that has something to do with it? Thanks!

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    1. Yes - either gel food coloring or liquid watercolors are bound to get you the best colors. Gel food coloring will stain though, so if you can, I always recommend liquid watercolors since they are washable! That's what I used to make our eggs. Though honestly I think kids find them just as fun whatever color they are - even white! :)

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  11. How in the world do you shape these? I was so excited to come across this and thought that my little ones at church would enjoy receiving these as an Easter goodie, but when I tried to shape them they crumbled. I added another 1/2 Tablespoon of water, but when I tried to make any kind of indent they crumbled. An additional Tablespoon didn't help either. By the way, do they firm up as they dry? I'm concerned that if they are this crumbly, they may not hold up well to a 4-5 year old's enthusiasm between church and home. :o)

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    1. You have to compress them in your hands - I admit that I have made TONS of things with baking soda dough, so it's probably much easier for me. But yes, compacting them is the key and they are verrrry delicate until they've completely dried, which takes around 12-24 hours and then they are solid. Unless you drop them, then they'd probably still break. But handling them after they've dried (even kids handling them) shouldn't be a problem.

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  12. What an awsome idea for Easter! What kind of liquid watercolors do you use? Thanks and congratulations for your website!

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    1. Thank you, Valentine! I'd forgotten to add the link, whoops! Here's our post on liquid watercolors: http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/08/what-are-liquid-watercolors-and-why.html
      We use both Sax and Discount School Supply. Hope that helps!

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  13. These look great. I've just made one (thats all the baking soda I had in) but will be making half a dozen for our science week. They are a bit tricky but I made them quite wet and so far this was easier! Will be posting photo or video (with reference to your blog) on our fanpage on Friday so do pop by :)
    Thanks for all the inspiration

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