Lava Lamp Soda

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Lava Lamp

Parents, this throwback is for you. Your kids will be mesmerized by a retro lava lamp. From ARM & HAMMER™ Summer Camp Counselor Ana Dziengel of Babble Dabble Do

Ingredients & Supplies

Craft Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 1 lava lamp

  • 4 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda
  • 1 clear bottle with cap
  • 12 oz vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • 1 plastic cup
  • Pipette or eye dropper
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon


  1. Using the funnel, pour 4 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda into the bottle. Shake the bottle a bit to let the Baking Soda settle into a flat layer at the bottom.
  2. Pour in the vegetable oil slowly to avoid disturbing the layer of Baking Soda and set aside. You may need more or less depending on the size of the bottle.
  3. Pour vinegar into a plastic cup. Add 3-4 drops of food coloring and stir to combine. You can experiment with different colors for a more unique lamp effect. It’s your lava lamp, go wild!
  4. Use the pipette to add drops of colored vinegar to the plastic bottle. Watch the reaction.
  5. Continue to add drops of vinegar until bubbles stop floating to the surface.
Note: Be careful with food coloring — it stains!


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