Junior Scientist

18 Oct

When I was a little girl, my mom taught us to be curious about everything, especially things that had to do with science. But, back then, it was mostly a look and see approach even at museums.

When I became a teacher, hands-on science in schools became a major change in the elementary curriculum. It was heaven on earth for a curious grown up who was never able to explore as a child!

This is one of my favorite experiments, it’s super simple, and you have all the supplies right in your kitchen!

Materials

  • Clear glass
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • Popcorn Kernels or Raisins
  1. Place the cup on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Put the baking soda in the cup and slowly pour in the vinegar.
  3. When the bubbles have subsided, put the popcorn or raisins into the cup.
  4. Watch the popcorn or raisins rise up and down in the cup.

Your junior scientist just learned about liquids, solids, and gases through a simple chemistry experiment.

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One Response to “Junior Scientist”

  1. Vinny Grette October 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Baking soda is an awesome food! Vinny has a couple of other things kids can do with it. He shares them in his book and on his website, along with a bunch of stories, recipes and games that help families talk about healthy eating. The word “fat” appears only as a food ingredient. A healthy lifestyle begins around the kitchen table 🙂

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