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How to Create Magic Potions With Food Coloring for Kids

by Kathryn Hatter, studioD

It’s entertaining to thrill the kids with simple chemistry in the kitchen. They’ll easily accept that you’re creating magic potions for their amazement and you probably already have most of these basic ingredients in your pantry. A few drops of food coloring and magic potions come alive with bright and vivid colors. You won’t need a magic wand for this magic, but your kids might appreciate this authentic touch.

Fizzy Magic

Place the glass onto a counter and secretly choose a color of food coloring to add to the center of the glass. Squirt about three drops of food coloring into the glass. You could also create several magic potion glasses at one time with a different color of food coloring in each one.

Cover the food coloring with about 2 teaspoons of baking soda, mounded in the center of the glass.

Encourage your child to guess what color potion you are making.

Pour about 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the glass. Allow your child to do this part, if possible.

Watch the magic potion come alive before your eyes. The potion will fizz and bubble in whatever color of food coloring you used.

Goopy Magic

Combine 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 cup of cool water and 3 drops of any color food coloring in the bowl.

Dig in with your hands to mix the ingredients completely. Keep kneading until the goop becomes smooth and runny.

Grab big handfuls of the goop in your hands and watch how it changes. While kneading it, it should become a semi-solid. If you leave it alone, it will seep and run like a liquid.

Items you will need
  •  8 oz. glass
  •  Food coloring
  •  Baking soda
  •  White vinegar
  •  Bowl
  •  Cornstarch
  •  Water
  •  Spoon


  • Although these ingredients are food and safely ingestible, supervise your kids while they work in the kitchen to minimize mess and ensure effective clean-up.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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