Monday, September 1, 2014

How to make Elephant Toothpaste #CraftsForKids

My children love a good science experiment and the elephant toothpaste experiment that we got from a friend has been no exception. They love watching it bubble up and overflow and they delight in guessing which color it is going to be {as I keep the color of the eruption a surprise}. We performed this science experiment in our back yard as a last hoorah and a way to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer.
How to make elephant toothpaste: A science experiment to do at home! #tutorial

What you need:
Empty soda pop bottle
½ cup hydrogen peroxide
Food coloring
Dish soap {I use a couple squirts of Dawn}
1 package of Active Yeast
2 Tablespoons of warm water

How to make it:
Pour the hydrogen peroxide, food coloring, and dish soap into the empty soda bottle. Set aside.
In a separate container {I used a Pyrex measuring cup so that it would be easier to pour} mix the yeast with the warm water.
Combine the yeast mixture with the hydrogen peroxide mixture.
Step back and watch it go!

How to make elephant toothpaste: A science experiment to do at home!
How to make elephant toothpaste #Tutorial #Science #CraftForKids

How to make elephant toothpaste #Tutorial #Science #CraftForKids

Please note that I used a container to hold the mixture so that I could minimize the mess. I would highly suggest using a deep dish, pan, or cookie sheet to hold the overflow. Also, if you are working with young kids like me, remember to keep a close eye on them as this is not edible. Be safe & have fun. My boys were in complete awe of this experiment the first time we performed it and could not wait to repeat it for their dad once he got home.

This is a fun experiment and is really easy to do with kids. The cleanup is a breeze if you are using a container to hold the entire overflow especially since you are already using dish soap in the experiment! My children love doing science experiments and this one is definitely one we will be repeating.

Do you have a favorite experiment that you or your kiddos like to do?

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