“Today,” I announced to my boys, “we are going to make paint bombs!”
“That really EXPLODE?” my youngest asked.
“Yes, exploding paint bombs.”
“Mommy, you are the awesomest.”
I’ll take that compliment to make up for the times my boys tell me I’m no fun because I make them go to bed before midnight.
Exploding paint bombs was our project this week: as part of a quest to do one art project or science activity with them each week. The catch is that I’m really not very crafty and I don’t want to have to use fancy supplies in order to do these projects.
Exploding paint bombs was easy enough and you probably already have everything(or almost everything) on hand. There’s even a easier way to do this(without paint), so I’ll tell you both ways and you can decide how ambitious to be.
Exploding Paint Bombs
- sandwich bags(any brand, as long as they zip sealed)
- paper towels (cut into 1/4s)
- baking soda
- warm water
- measuring cups/spoons
- bright colored paint or food coloring (optional)
- spoon (if using paint)
- butcher paper (optional)
- If using paint, then lay down a long sheet of butcher paper or other art paper for the mess. In either case, this should be done outside.
- Cut a paper towel into 4 squares. You’ll need one of these squares for each of the exploding paint bombs.
- Measure 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the center of a square.
- Fold the top down, the bottom up, and the sides in to make a packet.
- Measure 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup warm water into the ziploc bag.
- If adding color: squirt a little bit of paint or food coloring into the liquid mixture and stir to even out the color. We went with paint because I thought maybe we could make a bright modern mural on the butcher paper if we used the paint. It doesn’t quite turn out that bright once it explodes, but my boys liked it better with the colors and talked about how the colors were mixing on the paper to make new colors.
- Add the baking soda packet and quickly zip up the bag. It has to be completely sealed so don’t skip that part in the interest of time. You do need to zip it quickly, but you do have more than a few seconds, so take the time to zip it up tight.
- Gently toss the bag onto the paper (or out into the yard) and watch it grow and then POP!
Do you have an easy craft or activity to share? I’d love to have you guest post this summer! Email me for details.