Looking for a baking soda experiment beyond your typical volcano? Then this one is for you! A simple experiment, this activity lets your kids make their very own miniature electric eels. Watch as the gummy worms sporadically bounce around – science that looks almost like magic! Here’s how it works:
What you need:
- 2 glasses
- Gummy worms
- 3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of vinegar
- 1 cup of water
What to do:
- Cut each of the gummy worms into long, thin strips using scissors. This will ensure that you get the most movement out of your worms. The lighter they are, the more the chemical reaction and resulting movement will be visible.
- In one glass, mix the baking soda and the water together. Add the gummy worm strips to the glass and let them sit for a good 10-15 minutes. You want them to really marinate in the mixture.
- Using a fork, remove the gummy worms from the glass and place them in a dish.
- Take your empty glass and pour in the vinegar. Add the gummy worms one at a time to the glass. Watch closely! The chemical reaction will begin immediately and the gummy worms will begin to move like magic! As the baking soda and vinegar combine, they create bubbles and fizz, allowing the light and floating gummy worms to bounce around in the glass.