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Elephant Toothpaste

Cool Science

overview

we love crazy cool science experiments! let’s do some chemistry and create elephant toothpaste!

30 minutes

maker checklist

  • plastic soda bottle (16oz)
  • packet of dry yeast
  • water (tap + heated)
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • blue Dawn dish soap
  • craft stick +small cupĀ 
  • kitchen funnel
  • measuring cups + spoons
  • tray to set up experiment

instructions

1

dissolve 1 tsp yeast in very warm water in a small cup and set aside.

2

set the empty bottle in a shallow tray, and hold in place to set the funnel on top.

3

pour 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide into the bottle. you can also add a few drops of food coloring to tint the peroxide like toothpaste!

4

add a big squirt of blue Dawn dish soap (about 2T) to the peroxide…

5

pour the yeast mixture into the bottle and quickly remove the funnel. watch the reaction! foam will form in the bottle and bubble right out the top…

6

notice the temperature of the soda the reaction is exothermic, which means it produces heat!