This is a super simple and fun way to explore states of matter, chemical reactions, and more for Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving science experiment uses a few simple ingredients for lots of fizzing action. Give your science activities a fun twist for Thanksgiving this year!
FIZZING CRANBERRIES FOR THANKSGIVING CHEMISTRY
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our fizzy cranberry science activity is an awesome example of a chemical reaction, and kids will love this amazing chemistry just as much as adults!
Chemistry is all about states of matter including liquids, solids, and gases. A chemical reaction occurs between two or more substances that change and form a new substance, here a gas called carbon dioxide.
In this experiment, you have an acid (cranberry and lemon juice) and a base (baking soda) and 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 cup or overflows the cup because of the small size of the vessel we have used.
FIZZING CRANBERRY EXPERIMENT
- Clear cups
- Cranberry juice
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda
STEP 1: Fill two cups about half way with cranberry juice. Fill the third half way with water.
STEP 2: Squeeze the juice of one lemon and pour it into one of the cranberry juice cups.
STEP 3: Now add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to each cup and watch what happens! Which solution produces the biggest fizz?
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FUN DANCING FIZZING CRANBERRY EXPERIMENT FOR THANKSGIVING
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