We are big fans of fun science here at Fun-A-Day! My son, my preschool students, and visiting friends always enjoy the experiments we come up with. Engineer (my son’s nickname here on the blog) helped me come up with this fizzing planets activity. It’s perfect for a preschool space theme I’ll be teaching soon!
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fun science with “exploding” jupiters
Engineer and I checked out some pictures of Jupiter online, then decided on what colors to incorporate into our experiment. We settled on white, red, and orange even though that might not be 100% scientifically correct. 😉
We made baking soda paste to create mini “explodable” Jupiters. For each color, we mixed a cup of baking soda with about 1/4 cup water. We left the white batch alone, of course, but added liquid watercolors to the other two. The paste was thick enough to be patted together into shapes. If yours is too runny, add a little more baking soda. If it’s too crumbly to hold together, add a little more water.
Making & “exploding” Jupiters!
To make Jupiter, we grabbed bits of all three colors and mixed them together into a small ball. To make the uniform spherical shape, we used our new Handy Scoopers. We could have just used our hands, but Engineer and I were itching for an excuse to use our new toys. In case you’re wondering, we’re aware that Jupiter’s colors are more in a striped formation. We weren’t able to get the stripes right, even though we tried!
After we had a few Jupiters done, it was time for some fizzing planet fun! Engineer called it “exploding Jupiter!” We drip-dropped vinegar on the planets and watched them bubble and dissolve. I had such a blast listening to all of his observations and questions about the chemical reaction! Needless to say, lots and lots of fun science ensued! We ended up making and “exploding” about seven planets before it was time for dinner. The kiddo asked if we could make other planets too, so I have a feeling we’ll be doing just that soon!
What kind of fun science experiments do your children/students enjoy the most? I’d love to hear about them over at Fun-A-Day’s Facebook page!
This fun science activity is a part of the A-Z Science Experiments series. Be sure to pop over there and see the rest of the experiments running through the alphabet this month!