When you have curious children and an afternoon to burn, why not try our erupting apples guide! Fun for everyone! *PLEASE NOTE: THIS EXPERIMENT IS SUITABLE FOR 3-6 YRS. AN ADULT MUST BE PRESENT AND SUPERVISE CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES*
*Gloves must be worn throughout this experiment*
You Will Need:
1 cup Acetic Acid 6%
1 tbsp Water
1 tbsp liquid soap (baby shampoo/dish soap)
Tray (something to contain the mess)
Gather the materials.
*OPTIONAL: If you would like to make a coloured apple, add a teaspoon of liquid water colour.*
Carry on mixing until it comes together and you can shape it into a ball.
When you’ve got a nice doughy consistency, scrape the mixture out of the bowl and roll it together into a ball. Complete by adding a leaf.
*Make sure this step is completed with everything in a tray as this will get messy. The tray will try and catch anything that overflows.*
To make the apple erupt, put a cup of Acetic Acid 6% into a Bottle with Oil Nozzle and place the apple into a bowl. Make sure the bowl is in a try to prevent a big mess and catch anything that overflows. Now squirt your Bottle with Oil Nozzle containing Acetic Acid 6% onto the apple and watch it erupt!
THE METHOD BEHIND THE EXPERIMENT
What you see happening to the apple is a chemical reaction, and in a chemical reaction, the molecules change! Acetic Acid 6% reacts with Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate and one product of that reaction is carbon dioxide gas. This is explains the fun fizzy bubbles that erupt from the apple!
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS EXPERIMENT IS SUITABLE FOR 3-6 YRS. AN ADULT MUST BE PRESENT AND SUPERVISE CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES*