A chemical reaction happens when you mix two or more things together to make something new.
Mixing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and acetic acid (vinegar) together produces carbon dioxide gas bubbles, which can make gummy worms which have been cut into very thin strips squirm and float! My kids created this experiment a few years ago! Can you think of an experiment you could do with candy?
To make Frankenworms:
1. Cut gummy worms into skinny, skinny long strips (May require adult assistance. The skinnier they are, the better they’ll work.) *Not all gummy worms are created equal. If your worms aren’t wriggling, dip them in baking soda before putting them in the vinegar!
2. Soak the worms in a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of baking soda mixed in for around 20-30 minutes.
Flu season is in full swing and the Flu virus is everywhere. Show your kids this amazing animation of how a virus can infect a cell! It links to youtube following the video, so be sure to supervise viewing for younger kids!
Recent testing indicates that American kids are lagging far behind in science. We spend hours reading with our kids, and helping them with math, but most parents don’t encourage science learning the same way.
We can teach our kids to love science before they even hit the classroom. It can be as simple as watching a Planet Earth video instead of Nickelodeon, or taking your kids on a nature walk.
The experiments on this website are as simple as baking cookies and are calorie-free. Try one! Maybe you have a future scientist in your house and just don’t know it.
Kids from two to twenty will have fun playing with this science project. Click here for my blog post on Tie-Dye Milk and to read more about surface tension
To read my printed post on this experiment, click here.