red cabbage water artwork

Science Experiments for Kids: Red Cabbage Water Tie-Dye Art

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Science experiments for kids : Red Cabbage Art

We have initially explored the fun aspects of red cabbage water back in July! Check out the original science experiment with red cabbage water and all other science experiments for kids here. Since then, we had lots of fun making this “Color Changing Goop” with red cabbage water! Today we share an artsy post – combining science and art. Couple of images are from the original post.

The T-shirt used in the post was sent to us by Sprout Online as a part of their The Chica Show campaign. Check the original post for more details about the show and the fun scientist costume you can make.

Materials:

  • Chopped red cabbage
  • Lemon Juice
  • Citric Acid
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Detergent
  • A plain, white t-shirt
  • Cream of Tartar

Red Cabbage Water – our magic potion

red cabbage experiment

For this science experiment, I made a larger batch and poured all the red cabbage water in a flat container and soaked the t-shirt in it. I let it sit for about 3 minutes and wrung out the excess water. I let the shirt dry on  a flat surface. Once dry, it is ready for a fun activity with acids and bases.

red cabbage water play

I set out lemon juice, vinegar, washing detergent, baking soda and soda {Sprite}. All the other materials listed above are optional

 The red cabbage water serves as the pH indicator and changes color based on the added item – acids turn the cabbage water varying shades of pink and bases turn varying shades of blue-green.

The dry red cabbage water soaked t-shirt was the canvas for my little ones. They experimented with different liquid and enjoyed pouring and dropping them on to the shirt.

red cabbage water experiment

They immediately moved on to larger quantities of the liquids since you know, kids LOVE big dramatic reactions.

pouring liquids and watching color change

We let the shirt dry again for a few hours.  My 3 year old couldn’t get enough of pouring soda on the t-shirt and watching it turn green.

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5 Responses

  1. I loved doing this project with a group of kids but they were pretty sad that the color all rinsed out. The process was amazing. I cannot say enough
    good things about the process- but they assumed they’d get to keep their “science meets art” shirts and they were bummed.
    We have enjoyed exploring your page and looking for great ideas!

  2. Did you mix the dry things like baking soda and cream of tartar with water? Did you use liquid laundry detergent?

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