Erupting apple science for fall chemistry activities for kids! After our PUMPKIN- CANO was a big hit, we needed to try an APPLE-CANO or apple volcano too! Try this non-traditional volcano for erupting apple science and you can share a simple chemical reaction demonstration the kiddos will love to try over and over again! Fall is an excellent time of the year to put a little twist on classic science experiments. Seasonal themes really get kids excited for science and STEM!
ERUPTING APPLE SCIENCE ACTIVITY
APPLE SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY
Our erupting apple science activity is an awesome example of a chemical reaction, and kids love these amazing reactions just as much as adults! The erupting apple science experiment uses baking soda and vinegar for a classic chemical reaction experiment. You could also try lemon juice and baking soda and compare the results! Check out our lemon volcanos too.
We have a whole season of fun apple themed activities to try! to try. Repeating experiments in different ways really helps to solidify understanding of the concepts being presented.
WHAT IS CHEMISTRY?
It might look like play, but it’s so much more! Read our newest series on Next Generation Science Standards.
Let’s keep it basic for our younger or junior scientists! Chemistry is all about the way different materials are put together, and how they are made up including atoms and molecules. It’s also how these materials act under different conditions. Chemistry is often a base for physics so you will see overlap!
What might you experiment with in chemistry? Classically we think of a mad scientist and lots of bubbling beakers, and yes there are reactions between bases and acids to enjoy! Also, chemistry involves states of matter, changes, solutions, mixtures, and the list goes on and on.
We will be exploring simple chemistry you can do at home or in the classroom that isn’t too crazy, but is still lots of fun for kids! You can check out some more chemistry activities here.
ERUPTING APPLE SCIENCE SUPPLIES AND SET UP
- Baking Soda
- Container to catch the fizz
- Knife to carve out a hole (for adults to do!)
SET UP AN APPLE VOLCANO!
Grab your apples! You can check out different color apples too. In fact if you don’t want to waste food, grab some bad apples and give it ago. The first time we did this we took a couple from the orchard that weren’t going to be awesome to eat.
You can put your apple on a dish, pie plate, or tray to catch the run off.
An adult should use a knife to cut a hole or vessel in the top of the apple about half way down.
- You can then have the kiddos put a couple of spoonfuls of baking soda into the hole.
- Add a drop of dish soap if you want a foamier eruption! The chemical eruption will produce more bubbles with the added dish soap and create more run off too!
- You can also add a few drops of food coloring. Mix it up and pair different colors with different apples.
You will want to pour your vinegar into an easy to use cup for the kiddos. Additionally, you can provide them with eye droppers or turkey basters for extra fun.
Pouring straight from a cup into the apple will produce a more dramatic volcano effect. While using a baster or eye dropper will have a smaller eruption. However, your kids will also have a blast exploring with these science tools.
Check out fizzing red and green apples with all sorts of colors!
SIMPLE APPLE SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY
Chemistry is all about states of matter including liquids, solids, and gasses. A chemical reaction occurs between two or more substances that change and form a new substance, and in this case a gas called carbon dioxide.In this case you have an acid (liquid: vinegar) and a base solid: baking soda) when combined make a gas called carbon dioxide which produces the eruption you can see.
The carbon dioxide escapes the mixture in the form of bubbles. You can even hear them if you listen closely. The bubbles are heavier than air, so the carbon dioxide collects at the surface of the apple or overflows the apple because of the small vessel we have given it.
In this baking soda apple volcano, the dish soap is added to collect the gas and form bubbles that give it a more robust apple volcano lave like flow down the side! That equals more fun! You don’t have to add dish soap but it’s worth a try. You can even set up an experiment to see which eruption you like more.
You can experiment with a variety of containers to find your perfect volcano vessel or create a more traditional one. We have enjoyed a variety of volcano projects with different fruits as well as a LEGO volcano and an easy sandbox volcano activity.
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ERUPTING APPLE SCIENCE FOR FALL CHEMISTRY IS A HIT!