Soda Explosion for Kids

The Ultimate Experience

My son, Cory, loves science experiments because they provide the ultimate hands-on experience. Hands-on learning is the best way for children to be exposed to something new. It uses three of the child’s senses which are touch, sight, and hearing.

When doing science experiments, children are touching and seeing the materials they are handling and manipulating. Often times, they are working with others and hearing their friends’ conversations while adhering to the experiment’s directions.

Fun Explosions

Cory would agree that the best experiments have fun chemical reactions and explosions. A few that we like are Elephant Toothpaste, Egg Volcano, and Magic Balloon. We are always looking to add more to our collection. My son found the Soda Explosion in a book. This is a reaction between the carbonated beverage Coke and Mentos mints that causes the beverage to spray out of the bottle/container.

We made a tube with this experiment so the explosion would be more intense and higher.

This activity is simple and fun. It is a popular experiment right now. Let me show you how to do it.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials:

Watch the video below for directions and to see our Soda Explosion experience. This video comes from my son’s YouTube Channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe!

Why it works

  • Carbon dioxide molecules from the soda attach to the surface on the Mentos.
  • The mentos makes a lot of bubbles that rise and push the soda out.

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Bubble Pipe for Kids

One day my son and I went to the Dollar Tree to buy pans for our next science experiment. While we were there, my son found a big bubble wand with a tray, and asked if we could get it. I told him “yes” because it looked like fun.

I thought we could incorporate science into the bubble play by making our own bubble solution. When we got home, he could not wait to try out his new wand. He also suggested that we try other bubble wands as well. We looked around the house and got pipe cleaners, a straw, tape, and paper.

We took the materials and attempted to make bubble pipes with three different materials. They were simple to make and fun to use. We stayed outside for over an hour playing. The various wands we used made the bubble play interesting and engaging. I will show you what we did below.

Learn how we made giant bubbles by viewing the video below… (this is from my son’s YouTube channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures).

Let’s Get Started!

Materials for Bubble Pipe:

  • Small piece of writing paper
  • Small piece of parchment paper
  • Small piece of Aluminum foil
  • Straws (3)

Materials for Bubble Solution:

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Dish Soap (we used Dawn)

Directions for Bubble Pipe

  • Take the small piece of writing paper, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
  • Take the small piece of aluminum foil, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
  • Take the small piece of parchment paper, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
Here is the small piece of aluminum foil.
My son rolling the writing paper around one side of the straw.
My son rolling the aluminum foil around one side of the straw.
Pictured are three straws with writing paper, parchment paper, and aluminum foil around one side of the straw. It is secured with tape.

Now is it time to make your bubble solution.

  • Mix 1 part dish soap, 4 parts warm water, add a teaspoon of glycerin, and stir well.
  • Stick either the writing paper, aluminum foil, or parchment paper straw in the bubble solution.
    • Put with the writing paper, aluminum foil, or parchment paper side of the straw in the bubble solution.
This is our bubble solution.
  • Blow on the straw (opposite side of the paper or aluminum foil.
You can see a bubble forming while my son is blowing.
Here’s another bubble forming.

Watch the video of my son using the bubble pipe made with writing paper.

IMG_3470bubble-pipe
Here is the bubble wand we purchased from Dollar Tree.

Other Tips

  • If your bubble solution is not working, add more dish soap and/or glycerin.
  • You will have a better chance of making bubbles if you blow through the straw slowly.

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Walking Water Experiment for Kids

“Can we do a science experiment?” This is what my 4-year-old son, Cory, asked me while walking in the grocery store one day. We just passed the aisle with vinegar, which is an item we use for many of our experiments. A week before, we did the Tooth Decay Experiment, which taught my son the importance of brushing his teeth twice a day. He had a lot of fun with this experiment and wanted to have that same feeling again.

So I turned to him and said, “Sure we can do another experiment. Do you know what experiment you want to do?” His reply was, “No, but we can look one up.” We did just that the next day and found the Walking Water Experiment. I was familiar with how to do it without instructions. However, I wanted my son to read the experiment instructions and follow directions. Science experiments are a great way to increase a child’s reading level.

Watch the video below to see how science experiments can increase a child’s reading level.

We looked in our kitchen for the materials needed to do the Walking Water Science Project. We had everything except food coloring. Cory was so excited to do the experiment that he requested we go to the grocery store to get it. When my son is excited to learn something new, I try to act on it as fast as I can. After we got home from the grocery store, we were ready to get started.

This is an amazing experiment to show how water can defy gravity with a capillary action. I will explain this at the end of the post.

Let’s Get Started With This Fun Rainbow Experiment!

Materials Needed:

  • Water (enough to fill seven glasses)
  • Seven drinking glasses
  • Food coloring (we used blue, red, yellow, and green)
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Paper towels (six folded into a rectangular shape)

Directions:

  • Fill four glasses with water.
  • At first we only filled the glasses halfway, then we realized it is best to fill them up.
Cory pouring water in the glasses
  • Put a different color of food coloring in each glass.
Putting the food coloring in each of the four glasses.
  • Stir the food coloring and water in each glass.
Mixing the food coloring and water together.
  • Place the glasses so there is an empty glass in between the ones with food coloring.
Alternating food coloring glasses with empty glasses
  • Fold six paper towels into a skinny rectangular shape.
Fold the paper towel like in the picture shown above.
  • Insert paper towels into two glasses placed beside each other.
Placing paper towels in cups. Here you can see we put more water in the glasses.
This is how the paper towels should look. There should be two paper towels in each glass.
The task is complete!
  • Let this sit for 24 hours and watch what happens.
This is what we saw the next day.
  • The empty glasses now had colorful water in them.
  • The glasses that were once full are now only a quarter full.
  • The water seeped through the paper towels and put water in the empty glass next to it.

Why this works:

  • As soon as you place the paper towel in the glasses, you should see that the it starts to absorb some of the water.
  • Water goes up the paper towel and defies gravity in a process called capillary action.
  • Paper towels are made of many small fibers that have gaps in between them.
  • Water gets pulled into these gaps by capillary action.
  • The water goes up the paper towel and down into the empty glass.
  • This is how water moves through plants.

Try this fun experiment at home. Enjoy!

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Tooth Decay Experiment: Teach Kids the Importance of Brushing their Teeth

I love doing science experiments with my son. One reason is that they help children become better readers. Also, they provide learning that is hands-on and uses the three senses of sight, hearing, and touch (sometimes smelling and tasting as well). They are the best way children can apply what they are learning.

In the past, I have used science experiments to teach my son lessons in hygiene such as the importance of washing his hands. The activity I will show you today is a great complement to that experiment. It is called the Tooth Decay Experiment. This could be your child’s next science fair project (for older kids).

The Tooth Decay Experiment will show your children the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day. Furthermore, it demonstrates what happens to your teeth when you drink certain beverages such as orange juice, tea, and water.

We have fun with all our experiments; even those that don’t work. It gives us opportunities to investigate and solve problems. I tell my son this is what scientist do!

The Tooth Decay Experiment has made my son a “Flossing and Teeth Brushing Advocate!” After you do this activity, it will probably have the same impact on your child. I will show you how to do it.

Let’s Get Started!

Warning: This post contains a lot of pictures.

Materials:

  • 5 cups (we used paper cups)
  • 5 individual labels that read: Orange Juice, Soda, Water, Tea, and Vinegar
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup of orange juice (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of dark soda (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of water (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of tea (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of vinegar (enough to submerge an egg)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Plastic Gloves to protect hands
  • Goggles to protect hands

Directions:

  • Make 5 individual labels that read: Orange Juice, Soda, Water, Tea, and Vinegar
My 4-year-old son is learning how to write in cursive. To my surprise, he wrote the labels in cursive.

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  • Cut the labels out and put them on the cups.
My son putting the labels on the cup.
The labels are on the cups.
  • Put the eggs in each cup.
My son putting the eggs in the cup.
  • Pour the liquids in each labeled cup.
Pouring the dark soda in the cup.
  • Let the eggs sit in the cups for 24 hours.
Our eggs are sitting overnight on the kitchen counter.
  • The next day take the eggs out of the cups and see what happened.
The egg in the water stayed the same. So we concluded that water is healthy for your teeth.
This egg was in water. It was clear and maintained its color.
This egg was in the orange juice. It was slimy and we could see the sugar from orange juice on the egg.
This egg was in the dark soda. The soda stained the egg brown. This is how soda stains our teeth.
This egg was in the tea cup. It was stained brown like the soda.
This egg shell was in vinegar. It made the shell soft and squishy.
My son brushed the egg shell that was in soda with toothpaste.
After brushing the egg shell it was starting to become white again. This is what happens when we brush our teeth.

This experiment had a big impact on my son. He knows that brushing his teeth is important. After doing this activity, he said he wanted brush his teeth everyday.

Try it at home and have fun!

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Fun Archaeology Activity for Kids

My son and I read books every night before his bedtime. I have noticed that he likes Science fiction books. One book he liked was called Big Monty and the Lunatic Lunch Lady.

It is about a boy named Merlin, aka Big Monty, who loves astronomy and wants to be accepted by a kid named A’Lo Jenkins. Big Monty discovered that the lunch lady in his school, Mrs. Findlehorner, created a monster out of leftover lasagna. This story takes the reader on a journey where Big Monty and his younger sister, Josephine, figure out how to stop Mrs. Findlehorner.

A wonderful feature in this book is it has scientific experiments and activities that kids can do at home. One activity that caught my son’s attention was the Archeologist activity. Archaeologists are scientists who study history by digging up old artifacts and other physical remains. This activity will keep your child busy and exercise their problem solving skills.

I will show you how to do it below.

Let’s Get Started

Materials:

  • A few toys such as blocks and hard plastic toys
    • Little dinosaurs or Legos are good choices
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Toothpicks
  • Salt

Directions:

  • Take a few toys and put them in a bowl
We used a big bowl. My son put more than a few toys in the bowl.
  • Cover the toys in the bowl with water
We put water in the bowl. My son also added balls in the bowl.
  • Put the bowl in the freezer until they become a block of ice
The ice in the bowl is frozen.
  • Tell your child that they will be an archeologist.
  • Tell them that archaeologist are scientists who study history by digging up old artifacts and physical remains.
  • Your child’s job is to dig out the fossils, which would be the toys frozen in water.
  • Remind them to dig out the fossils or toys very carefully without breaking them.
  • Give your child a spoon, toothpicks, and salt and tell them to get the fossils/toys out of the ice.
  • THE SALT IS A CHEAT BECAUSE IT WILL HELP THE ICE MELT FASTER.
  • You may immediately tell your child about the salt or let them figure it out for themselves.
My son was breaking the ice with a spoon.
My son was able to get the toys out with salt. He made the process go faster by using warm water as well.

Overall being an archaeologist was fun for my son. There are some changes I would make the next time we do this activity. They are listed below…

  • Use less toys (four or less)
  • Use a smaller bowl

Have fun with this activity!

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Saltwater to Freshwater Science Experiment

Gratefulness

Each night before bedtime, my son and I say a prayer. In every prayer we are thanking God for our many blessings such as a home, food, toys, water etc. As a parent, I try to instill in my son gratitude, appreciation, and gratefulness for his many blessings.

I do remind him that there are people in this world who don’t have homes, toys, and clean water. The first time I explained this to him, he was in disbelief. This led to discussions about people who are homeless and suffer from poverty.

The Problem

One day he was drinking water after being outside playing. He thanked the Lord for ‘good clean water.’ I told him it is great to be thankful because there are some people who don’t have clean water. We talked about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan after their water source was changed. This change contaminated the water, which led to elevated blood lead levels in the city’s children. It also caused hair loss, itchy skin, and skin rashes.

Let’s Put on the Thinking Cap

Whenever my son, Cory, hears about a problem, he thinks and asks questions about solutions. After doing research, we learned that Earth is covered with 70 percent water. Almost all of Earth’s water is salty in the oceans and we can’t drink it. Only about three percent of the water is drinkable fresh water. Most of this drinkable water is frozen in the Arctic and in Antarctica. Therefore, only about 1 percent of the world’s water is available to drink.

Possible Solution, Maybe

Cory wanted to explore how we could turn saltwater into freshwater to drink. He thought this will provide clean water to Flint, Michigan.

We talked about the three properties of water, which are liquid, solid, and gas. We learned how a liquid turns into a gas and solid. Afterwards, Cory asked we could turn gas into liquid. We started doing some research and found the Saltwater to Freshwater Experiment.

This experiment answered his questions about turning gas to water and finding a POSSIBLE SOLUTION to provide freshwater to those who don’t have it.

I will show you how we did this in our kitchen.

Let’s Get Started

Materials Needed:

  • Salt
  • Water
  • A pot
  • A glass bowl

Directions:

  • Put water in a glass
  • Pour salt in the glass of water
  • Mix the water and salt
Mixing the water and salt together.
  • Pour the water in a pot
Pouring the saltwater in the pot.
  • Put a glass bowl in the middle of the pot
Glass bowl is in the middle of the pot.
  • Boil the water and put the lid upside down on the pot
Pot lid turned upside down.
  • Observe what happens
  • You will see water dripping in the glass bowl
  • Turn your stove off and wait until the pot cools
  • Take the glass out of the pot and let the water cool

Watch the video below to see how condensation makes water.

saltwater-video-
This is the amount of water we made from condensation.
  • Drink the fresh water and enjoy.
My son drinking the freshwater.

Happy Learning and Problem Solving!

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Foam Explosion – Elephant Toothpaste

One day my son, Cory, watched the Youtube personality, Ryan. He saw Ryan and his mom do the elephant toothpaste experiment. After watching, he said, “Mom, I want to do that!” So I watched the video with Cory and immediately started to write down the materials and directions.

We had everything needed for the experiment except dry active yeast. I purchased the yeast from Amazon because I figured Cory would want to do this repeatedly. The next day, the yeast came and we immediately started to make the elephant toothpaste.

The first time we did the experiment, we saw an explosion but the cup we used was too big. We decided to use a smaller cup because we wanted the chemical action to overflow out of the cup. The second time was “epic” according to my son.

I will show you how we did the experiment below. Your child will want to do this repeatedly so get ready.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials Needed:

  • Two cups
  • ½ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 squirt of Dawn dish soap
  • 5 drops of food coloring
  • 15 ml of warm water
  • .25 oz Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • Goggles to protect eyes
  • Gloves to protect hands

Directions:

  • Tell your child that they will create a fun foam explosion called Elephant Toothpaste.
  • Put on goggles and gloves
  • Put hydrogen peroxide in one of the cups
  • Add five drops of food coloring in the cup
  • Put a squirt of dish soap in the cup
  • In a different cup pour 15 ml of water.
  • Add the active dry yeast packet to the water and mix.
  • Pour the water and yeast mixture in the cup with the hydrogen peroxide mixture
  • Watch the awesome foam explosion!
My son adding food coloring to the hydrogen peroxide.
Mixing the water and active dry yeast.

Watch the video below of our experiment!

elephant-toothpaste-video

Have fun with this experiment!

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Teach Kids to Prevent Germs with this Science Experiment

I love getting books for my son that explain basic germ prevention, hygiene and life skills. One day we were looking in the Children’s Science section of the library and saw the book, You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Soap! by Alex Woolf and Mark Bergin.

This book gives children the history of soap, how it is made and why it works. We learned that before soap was invented, people used urine, incense smoke, clay, sand pumice, and ashes to clean themselves.

The pictures in this book are colorful and appealing to children. It will make your children laugh, say “ewwww”, and become more curious. The authors have included hands-on activities and tips that will further your child’s understanding of soap and its purpose.

One experiment we did involved ingredients you have in your home such as oil, water, and dishwashing liquid. It teaches kids why soap is a better cleaner than water by itself. My son learned that water and oil don’t mix, so washing with water only leaves most of the dirt behind.

I will show you the experiment and other discoveries we made.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials Needed:

  • Cooking Oil
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Jars (2)

Directions:

  • Put cooking oil and water in a jar.
Cory pouring water in a jar.
Now he is mixing oil with water.
  • Screw on the lid and shake
  • The oil and water should separate into layers
The water and oil have separated.
  • Add drops of dishwashing liquid to the jar and shake again
We are adding dishwashing liquid to the oil and water.
  • This time it should make a cloudy mixture
  • Oil and water are no longer separate layers
Here is our cloudy mixture of water, oil, and dishwashing liquid.
  • Compare two jars.
    • One jar should have oil and water.
    • The second jar should have a mixture of oil, water, and dishwashing liquid.
The left jar has water, oil, and dishwashing liquid. The right jar has oil and water.

Why this Experiment Works and How Germs are Washed Away

  • Most dirt contains oil.
  • Oil and water do not mix so washing with water only leaves most dirt behind.
  • Soap binds to water, dirt, and oil.
  • The tail of soap molecules attach to oil.
  • The head of soap sticks to water.
  • When soapy water mixes with dirt, the soap molecules form tiny clusters called micelles.
  • When you wash your hands with soap, dirt mixed with oil from your skin is pulled inside the micelles, then rinsed away.
  • In the experiment, the soap molecules grabbed the oil and water making a cloudy mixture in the jar.

I hope this helps! Have fun with this experiment!

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Stubborn Unpoppable Bubble Experiment for Kids

What do you do on the days when it’s raining or extremely hot or cold outside? You can do fun science experiments! Today my son and I decided to do a bubble experiment; however, there was something different about this one.

We all know that bubbles pop shortly after they are formed. This happens when the water between the soap film surface evaporates. We made bubbles that would NOT pop! It is called the unpoppable bubble!

Kids will be amazed at how difficult it will be to pop a bubble in this experiment. Try this activity for yourself and see your child’s amazement!

Let’s Get Started!

Materials:

  • Water (4 parts)
  • Dish soap (1 part)
  • Corn Syrup (2 parts)
  • Straw
  • Pencil
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Bowl

Directions:

  • Fill a bowl with water
  • Put a few drops of food coloring in the water.
  • Put dish soap in the water.
  • Mix in the corn syrup.
  • Dip the tip of the pencil in the mixture.
  • Dip one end of the straw into the mixture and blow into the other end to make bubbles.
  • Try to pop the bubble with the pencil.
  • Now try to pop the bubble with your finger.
  • Watch the video below to see our unpoppable bubble!
IMG_1099

Why this experiment works:

  • Bubbles are made of two basic things: water and air
  • Adding soap and corn syrup to water helps make the bubbles stronger
  • Soap and corn syrup molecules squeeze in between water molecules and help the film of water stretch out without breaking.
  • Bubbles made of just water pop quickly because their watery skins aren’t very stretchy.
  • When a dry pencil touches a bubble, the water in the bubble’s skin sticks to the pencil and causes it to snap back.

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Slime Time Game for Kids

One day my son came home from daycare with DIY Slime. He could not wait to show it off after he greeted me with a kiss and hug. It was in a yellow container and sparkled with glitter.

We decided to take the slime out the container to play with it. It was sticky, slimly, ooey, gooey, and fun to play with. We smashed and constructed it in to various shapes.

About 30 minutes before dinner, we decided to make up an activity called the Slime Time Game. The game is simple and will encourage your child to think on their feet while being creative. This is a great indoor activity for rainy and cold days. Below I will explain how to play.

Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

How to Play:

  • Give your child the slime.
  • Let them play with it for a while to get used to shaping and forming it.
  • I encourage you to play with the slime as well.
  • Tell your child they have a certain amount of time to make a letter, number, shape, or image.
  • During the first round of the game, I told my son he had 45 seconds to make the letter A.
My son made the letter A in 25 seconds.


  • Have your child give you the slime.
  • Have them tell you to make something in a certain amount of time.
  • My son asked me to make the number 89 in 40 seconds.
I made the number 89 in 30 seconds. This slime was very sticky.

Watch this video of my son making the letter H in 30 seconds.

We had a lot of fun with this activity. It kept us busy for about 35 minutes! It is great for letter, shape, and number recognition.

Have fun with this!

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