Category: Science Experiments

Balloon Pop Rocks Experiment

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This Science Experiment was really cool. Both kids were fascinated by this. Since they are only 4 and 2 years old, they couldn’t appreciate the reasoning for this, like an older child would. We still had a fun time watching the balloon expand!

*POP ROCKS BALLOON EXPERIMENT
What You’ll Need
Plastic Bottle of soda
Pack of Pop Rocks or a Box of Wonka Nerds (Either will work fine)
Balloon
Funnel

Instructions
Attach a balloon to the bottom of a funnel.
Pour the Pop Rocks or Nerds into the balloon.
Carefully stretch the opening of the balloon to cover the opening of the bottle (DO NOT TO SPILL OUT YOUR CANDY).

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Then stand up the balloon and shake the ingredients into the bottle.
Wait and you will see the reaction as your balloon inflates.

Why Does This Happen?
This is what you can explain to your children:

Pop Rocks candy is pressurized carbon dioxide gas. Each of the tiny little candy pebbles contains a small amount of the gas.
The balloon inflates from the carbon dioxide contained in the candy. The candy isn’t enough to start the inflation. The soda will cause this because it is pressurized carbon dioxide gas.
Once you have dropped the candy into the soda, the carbon dioxide gas will cause the balloon to inflate because it has nowhere to go in the bottle.

 

 

 

Homemade Ice Cream In A Bag
Homemade Ice Cream In A Bag

Forget Baskin Robbins here!!! This is fresh homeade ice-cream made in under 10 minutes! With Summer around the corner I figured this would be a great time to post this exciting recipe. This activity was so much fun for me to do with the kids. I didn’t believe this could work but it did! It’s cheap, easy, and tasty.

Homemade Easy Ice Cream In A Bag

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What You’ll Need
2 Large Freezer Bags
Ice -Enough ice to fill 1/2 of one large freezer bag
1/2 cup of salt (this doesn’t go in the actual ice cream) kosher salt works faster but you can use regular salt if you have that in your pantry.
1L carton of half and half cream (1 cup of cream per person in your family)
2 tbsp of sugar per person in your family
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract per person on your family
Cones or your favourite ice cream toppings

Instructions
In freezer bag # 1, fill half the bag with ice
Add the salt in the bag
Put it aside

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In freezer bag # 2, add the cream, vanilla and sugar.
Take out the access air and seal the bag.
Put the sealed cream bag inside of the ice and salt bag.
Seal the bag and shake the bag for 5-8 minutes until your ice cream hardens.

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When finished, open the bag and serve in a cone or in a cup with toppings.

We were all amazed!

 

 

 

 

Exploding Bags- Fun Science Experiment

* Exploding Bags- Fun Science Experiment

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This activity was a lot of fun to do. I must warn you NOT to perform this experiment inside your home as it becomes messy when it explodes. Do it outside in places that can get a bit messy like your backyard or a park.  Bring a garbage bag for clean up. My kids were so fascinated with this. My daughter can still recite the ingredients that go into the lunch bag to make it explode. You do not have to use food colouring with this experiment. Your kids will still think it is cool without it.

What You’ll Need
A large plastic freezer bag
A small sandwich bag
Vinegar (enough to fill up a small sandwich bag)
2 cups of Baking Soda
Food Colouring (optional)

Instructions
Pour baking soda in a large sandwich bag
Pour vinegar in a small sandwich bag. Add food colouring to the vinegar (optional)

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Don’t close the vinegar bag. Put the whole small bag in the large bag. Shake in around for 5 seconds. Then drop it on the ground, move back a few feet and watch it inflate and explode.

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