Acid Base Mini Rockets
Eigenmotion Science Classes are back in YXE with some classes at the Mayfair Library. Our first one was for littles, preschool and kindergarten, on acids and bases.
After we did a bunch of experimenting with acids and bases, we made mini rockets using an acid base reaction. We used the terms acid and base even with the 3 year olds to introduce the concept, and breed familiarity.
Here's how to do it.
- Baking Soda
- Toilet Paper Squares
- Film canisters (Yop containers work too)
Take one toilet paper square and sprinkle on about half a teaspoon of baking soda. Fill 1/2 the film canister with vinegar. Gently place the toilet paper square and baking soda over the top of the open film canister, so the baking soda is separated from the vinegar. Replace the film canister lid, sealing tightly. This is a good time to get kids to press down real hard on the lid and make sure things are tight. BACK UP (No heads near the film canisters) FLIP the canister. Wait and watch.
Here's the kid reaction to the chemical reaction.