Glowing Water Beads Experiment for Kids

Glowing-WatBeads Experiment For Kids

If I am not wrong all the kids out there are much familiar with the water beads. How about glowing water beads!? I think they are not familiar with the glowing water beads. In fact, kids will be wondered knowing that water beads can glow. You all might have caught the topic which we are going to experiment. Good 🙂

Glowing-WatBeads Experiment  For Kids

Suitable For
Glowing water beads experiment is as simple as playing with regular water beads. Also gives so much fun for all ages of children including adults. This glowing chemistry experiment can be so much fun. It can be used for imaginative and sensory play. This is the perfect sensory activity for  3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds. 

After our successful glow in the dark ice cubes activity, we were left with 2 more cans of tonic water. I thought why not expand the glow science activity to water beads. 

I am excited to show and couldn’t wait to see my girl’s reaction to a glowing pool of water beads. Are you feeling the same!? Then why not follow our post to know the complete procedure in order to give your kids a cool learning experience with glowing water beads activity.

Glowing Water Beads Experiment

Water beads (main ingredient of today’s activity) are the water filled marbles or round shaped squishy or bouncy ball like materials. They are tiny water absorbing polymers sometimes called as crystal soil or water balls. We love playing with water beads in a variety of ways. If you are not aware of water beads, just go to any store and get it. They are most commonly used for keeping plants hydrated as they are filled with water. Here is the one simple glowing science activity that keeps your kids busy in the vacation and also perfect for making a cool impression this Halloween. Are you ready to blow the kids mind with this amazing sensory material, glowing water beads!? Let us get into the topic…

Things required to glow water beads

We require a very few ingredients as usual to make this super simple and fun glow in the dark experiment. What is that magical ingredient for today’s activity!? Do you think ‘Tonic Water’!? Yes, as you all expected tonic water is the magic ingredient that makes water beads glow.

I have left over tonic water when we used for our glowing ice cubes activity. So I thought why not try few more activities to amaze our kids. Then I decided to glow water beads in the dark using the same concept. And I can’t tell you how much my kids loved it to watch glowing water beads. Super cool, right!? All you need is:

  • Tonic water (Be sure tonic water bottle is labelled with quinine. It does not matter if it is listed with very less quantity of quinine)
  • Water beads (Buy non-toxic and fertilizer free water balls)
  • Glass cups
  • Black light
  • Dark room (sounds funny right!! I know this is not an ingredient but this counts under things we need to perform the activity)

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Things We Need for glowing beads

Here I would like to share few moments happened with my little ones. My girls always love to stare at these super cool flashlights. Actually, we have fixed one room with black lights that we often use. If you do not have black light fixtures, do buy a UV light torch which is easily available in the stores. Even UV light torches do work greatly.

How to glow water beads

1) Take three neat and clear glass cups and arrange them in a row. My younger one raised a thoughtful question i.e. why glass cups and why not other any other cups? The answer is: as the glass cups are transparent, there is an easy access for the kids to observe the progress going on during the experiment. The reason might be simple but it helps kids to improve their sensory skills.

pour water to glass go science girls

2) Half fill the glass cups with the tonic water. (Keep in mind that there is enough space for water beads to bulge).  

adding water beats to water

3) I asked my younger one to drop few non-toxic water beads in the glass cups filled with tonic water. Do not put too many water beads in a single glass cup since it becomes tight for the water beads to accommodate. 

Add tonic water and water beats into the cup

We used three different types of water beads i.e. transparent, yellow colour and multicolour water beads in three glass cups separately. Choosing the water beads is my elder daughter’s choice. She love playing with colours. 🙂

4) Let it settle for an hour or more until the water beads take nice round shape and stop absorbing water.

Observations: Here you can show your kids what is the difference between the regular and tonic water beads. Tonic water beads are slightly smaller and sticky than the regular ones. The main culprit for the stickiness is the sugar content in tonic water. If your kids feels fussy to touch the sticky ones, you can use diet tonic water to serve the purpose.

Shinning Water Beads Experiment

5) Once the water beads are ready in the glass cups, just drain the excess tonic water if any from the glass cup.

Water beads Experiment

Shining water beads

6) Turn off the lights and make the room dark. And turn on your black light on to the water beads.

Glowing Water Beads Experiment For Kids

Science Behind Glowing Water Beads

Do you remember ‘I stressed on quinine compound while listing the supplies required for the activity’. This is where quinine’s role is coming into picture.

Tonic water does not shine or glow under normal light but what happens when it is exposed to UV light. Generally tonic water tastes bitter because of the presence of a chemical compound called ‘Quinine’. Quinine is a highly fluorescent compound. When the UV black light (invisible) falls on the tonic water, the phosphorous in the quinine compound absorbs the invisible light and reflects back the light energy which is visible to human eye. That is the reason tonic water glows when the black light is flashed through it.

In our experiment, the tonic water absorbed water beads glow when they are exposed to invisible UV black light because of the fluorescent compound, quinine (that shines under black light).

My kids are amazed seeing the water beads start glowing under the black UV light.  So what are you waiting for? Introduce your kids these simple glowing science experiments in a fun and hands on way. Never ever worry about how far they understand the concept or science behind it but encourage them or let them be amazed and surprised to the science with fun and wonder. Slowly they will understand the concept behind the glowing.  

Please Note ...

The water balls that we used are non-toxic and are safe for kids to touch and play. But beware, these water balls are not edible. If your kids swallow the beads, they could expand in the stomach and can cause blockages – resulting in choking hazard. So the experiment should be done with care.

The black light torch that we used is a low powered long wave UV torch. That means they are safe. But do not expose the black light to eyes directly.

Parents are suggested to put your complete attention on your kids while performing this activity. Click here for more information.

Making Glowing Water Beads

Making Glowing Water Beads With Tonic Water

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Glow in the Dark Ice Cubes – Sensory, Edible Science Activity

Glowing Ice Cubes Glow Science For Kids

Let’s make glow in the dark ice cubes !

Are you throwing a Halloween Party in your home? If yes, then why not spice up your party with some simple and amazing techniques that can be done at home!?

Everything is better when it glows! Isn’t it!!!?

Yes, absolutely!! Not only a Halloween, any formal cocktail event or birthday party is an ideal set up to show off glowing ice cubes. What are you waiting for? Light up the night with the awesome fluorescent, glowing science fun!

If you loved our glowing water beads activity, your kids will be thrilled with this one!

Glowing Ice Cubes Glow Science For Kids

I planned to try this glowing ice cubes setting much before my younger one’s (5 years old) birthday party. As a parent I am very much happy seeing the kids happy and excited. But before arranging this setting in the party, I already had a try along with my little ones to check and explain the science behind it.

So let us see what happens with the activity and learn some fun science at home using some magical ingredients that are available at home.

Glowing Ice Cube Experiment for kids

Glowing ice cubes are easy to make and safe to do this activity for kids. It is also safe to consume as well since it is non-toxic and edible. My girls liked the taste of tonic water (and of course, your kids may feel different about it). Though the taste discourages them, it is a great sensory play material for kids as it is safe in case if the kids decide to taste the tonic water.

Hence, this particular activity has become one of my and my daughter’s favorite activities. This is simple enough for kids to do, but also super cool enough to entertain everyone.

Who is it for
Since this is a sensory play and edible activity, this is highly suitable for toddlers.  In addition, preschoolers will also love to play with ice cubes. They will even be excited to see the glowing ice cubes under UV light.

Don’t stress yourself if kids don’t understand the chemistry behind this activity. This could very well work as a sensory play for the kids of all ages. Kids aged more than 5 years would be able to understand the concept easily.  

Things required to perform the experiment

Have you ever surprised that you could make something that glows at home and how glow-in-the-dark things work? It’s not that difficult or hard to do—all you need is a magical ingredient as I told you in the beginning. Yes, i.e. nothing but tonic water. How will the tonic water works to glow the cubes? Try this activity to know the answers for the questions rotating in your mind.

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Steps to make glow in the dark ice cubes

Step-1

We wanted to compare the glow of normal water and the tonic water. So we prepared ice cubers in two different trays.

Take some normal water in a beaker and ask your kid to fill in the ice tray. Place the filled ice tray in the freezer until the water could turn into cubes. 

Repeat the same step for tonic water as well. 

Pour water in ice tray

Tonic water ice cubes turned out to have a textured structure while normal water ice cubes were more transparent. 

Normal water vs tonic water

Step-2

Since we wanted to do more than just tonic water, we added food color to both tonic water and normal water. I let my elder daughter add color to the water and pour in the ice tray and freeze.

Mix and pour yellow colour water in to the tray

Step-3

To create another variation, I choose a fluorescent paint. (Caution : I used acrylic paint since I couldn’t get fluorescent food color. Acrylic paints are not edible. At any cost, children should not be let to taste the ice cubes mixed with acrylic paints) I suggest you to go for food color to make the activity completely edible. I asked my kid again to fill this mixture into the ice tray and freeze.

Add fluorescent colour to water and pour to ice tray
We marked the tray at the back using a marker just to distinguish which ones were made from tonic water. 

Once all the liquids are frozen, take out all the ice cubes made of different mixtures using normal water into separate bowls as shown in the figure.

Step-4

This step is little boring for you I guess!!! 🙂 But not for our kids hopefully. They are always excited and active to do mixing of different substances. This also helps their little brain to understand the concept of measuring the substances in right quantities and mixing the substances in a right way. It would be like a practice session on mixing different mixtures.

Coming to our step-4; repeat the above three steps but this time we need to make cubes using our magical ingredient i.e. nothing but ‘tonic water’.

Ice cubes go science girls

Hope you all understand the preparation steps before we get into the activity. My girls are ready with cubes made of tonic water and normal water mixed with food color and fluorescent fabric color. You can follow the figures (how my girls have arranged the ice cube containing bowls to perform the experiment) we have uploaded along with this post.

Step-5

All you need to do in step-5 is so simple and effortless. Just turn off the lights and flash some black light onto the ice cubes. Now turn on the black light. The ice cubes will start glowing.

Tonic water and normal water
Glowing tonic water

Mamma! Tonight we are going to have a parrrrtyyyyy… Yeyyy!!! How could mamma make such an amazing thing even at home!?? You can expect who said these words. Yes, my girls were very excited seeing the glowing cubes. They are also excited to know the reason behind it. Without any delay or before their mood switches, I started explaining them the simple science and secret behind this activity.

Here are our results

As expected, the glow on the tonic water was much brighter than the normal ice cubes.  In fact, we could clearly see the texture of the tonic water ice cubes when they were glowing. 

Smiling ice cubes Go science girls
On the contrary to our expectation, among the fluorescent paint mixed ice cubes, the normal water ones were brighter. I believe the tonic water didn’t mix well with the acrylic paint as we could see patches of the paint across the ice cubes. That might be a reason. 

Glowing ice cubes Go science girls

The food colored ice cubes were so dull. We actually decided not to use any food color to make ice cubes for the birthday party. 

I allowed my daughter to play and taste the ice cubes (of-course – except the fluorescent paint mixed ones). They even explored it further testing the ice cubes with normal flashlight. 

Glowing Tonic Water Ice Cubes

Science behind the Glowing Ice Cubes Activity

Our magical ingredient ‘tonic water’ contains a highly fluorescent compound nothing but ‘Quinine’. Even a small quantity of quinine in the tonic water makes the things glow in the dark. But you will need a black light because this is how you can make things glow by screwing black light.

What happens here is; the fluorescent compound quinine absorbs the ultraviolet (UV) light (nothing but black light), which is generally invisible to the human eye, and then emits it back at a visible wavelength. So basically, the invisible light goes into the ice cube, and comes back out as visible light. Cool!

Currently I have used LED UV torch as my black light, but there are lots of different ones available in the market that suit your budget, so have a look around and get it. I really like the idea of the torch ones too…)

This is one of the fun and cool science activities which is perfect to introduce for younger kids around 5 years. You will also get the chance to introduce some new words (like liquid, fluoresce, ultraviolet etc.) to your kid’s vocabulary in a fun and playful way.

Some Q&A to kindle interest in the subject

What makes tonic water glow in the dark?

The answer is amazingly so simple: Tonic water actually contains the chemical fluorescent compound quinine, which fluoresces under certain ultraviolet or black light and that makes tonic water glow.

Does tonic water glow in the dark without a black light?

Yes, tonic water can glow without black light but only when exposed to a blue or purple LED (light emitting diode) light. 

Does frozen tonic water glow in the dark?

No – Frozen tonic water glows only when exposed to UV light. 

Does diet tonic water glow?

Yes, perfectly glows!! It doesn’t make any difference whether you use regular or diet tonic water, just make sure the label on the tonic water bottle lists quinine.

What is tonic water good for?

Tonic water is nothing but a soft drink containing chemical quinine (which gives a bitter taste to the tonic water). Some people believe that quinine is a common treatment for malaria and also helps with restless legs syndrome and leg cramps. However, there is no scientific evidence verifying this belief.

What is the best tonic water?

Fentimans, Fever Tree, and Schweppes are now making the entire line of tonic waters.

Check our Glowing Science page for more glowing fun!  You will definitely like our glowing slime and glowing water beads experiments.  

Have you tried these activities at home? Let us know your results in the comments.

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Shinning ice cubes go science girls

Caution Note ...
We used a low powered UV light (black light torch) to do this activity.  UA A-light (low powered UV light) is not harmful and can be viewed without any protection.  They generally do not cause any harm. However, I would suggest do not expose this light directly to eyes. So watch over your kids when they play with the black light torch (if you have one). 

In addition, as described in the article, do not use acrylic fluorescent paint when you try this activity at your home. acrylic paints are not edible. You can get fluorescent food colors which can be used to make glowing ice cubes that are edible too. 

Finally, all the activities in this blog require adult supervision. Do not let your kids do these activities alone. Being around them encourages them to explore more while avoiding unnecessary accidents. Read here for more information. 

Glowing-Ice Cube Experiment For Kids

Glowing Ice Cubes Science Experiment

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DIY Christmas Tree Magnet Maze (Fun Science Game)

Playing magnet maze

STEAM activity for Christmas will allow you to teach physics for kids and they can play the maze game as well.

Magnets are quite magical for young kids and definitely be one of their favorite things to explore and experiment with. Have your kid’s ever explored Christmas science and magnets together or Are you willing to introduce some sensory play activities to your kids!? If so, then you will be amazed learning our post today. Yes, today I am going to explain you a perfect and easy activity that combine both Christmas magnetic science and sensory play. Here we go “Christmas Tree Magnet Maze”.

Playing magnet maze

We will now make a magnet maze game with fun Christmas spin. Yes, maze game on a Christmas tree painting. Hence I call this a STEAM activity STEM + ART.

The physics concept of magnetic force can be taught to kids using this game. The ball can be moved on a specific path using a magnet. Let’s understand how to do it and how it works.

For the first time, we have started this experiment by raising few questions to our kids such as “what is magnetism?” “How the magnet works” etc. I feel in this way, kids may have a thrilling time and experience while exploring and playing with magnets. Hence, we created magnet maze to explain magnetism.

Kids can draw and paint a Christmas tree and also learn magnetism. STEAM activity will let kids use both their left and the right brain. So this is one of the best activities for kids to play, learn and have fun.

How to integrate STEM activities with art to make it STEAM

Suitable For

Both preschoolers and kindergarteners will get benefited from this activity. Also, this activity is a great opportunity for kids aged above 5 years to better understand the science behind the magnetism concept. My elder daughter, Prithika (7 years old) well understood the science behind it because she has explored the activity with many variations and different ideas.

Steps to make the magnet maze game on a Christmas tree drawing

Things required

  • Magnet – Long piece
  • Markers – Stix markers
  • Paper / Paper Plates
  • Some steel object like a small ball or so
  • Geomag magnetic rods and steel balls (preferred but optional)

Things we need
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Steps to follow

Step-1: Draw a maze

Here our maze is a Christmas tree. My younger kid is very much excited to draw a Christmas tree on a white paper. She recently started going to drawing classes and hence she wants to shoe her drawing skills. J She used green, yellow, black, brown, and blue color pencils and sketches to draw a beautiful Christmas tree.

We can consider this step as an artistic element of this activity where kids are able to draw and show their designing skills to decorate their Christmas tree. Also, this activity incorporates both science and art together. Incorporating art along with STEM activities encourages kids to actively participate in the STEM activities. Hope you all agree my point!

Step-2: Make a magnet stick

I have made a magnet wand or stick at home using a small magnet, glue and a wooden stick. I placed a small drop of glue on the magnet and then laid a wooden chopstick on top of the glue. I have done this step a night before we start the activity since we need to let it dry completely to avoid the mess because of glue. Now you are ready with the magnetic wand or stick! But if you does not have enough time and need to start the experiment immediately, then you can use hot glue which works best as well. It makes your magic wand ready within few minutes.

kids Playing with magnet

Step-3: Move around the magnet

Place the magnet balls on top of the Christmas tree maze. Now hold the magnet stick under the white paper. Now ask your kids ‘what do they discover or observe?’ We are able to see the magnet ball at the top and magnet stick underneath the paper attract each other. As we move the magnet stick over the paper along the Christmas tree, the magnet ball at the top also moves.

Christmas tree magnet maze go science girls

After they completed the activity, my kids roamed around the home catching the magnet wand in the hand searching for any other magnetic materials in the home. Their discoveries lead to some good conversations about what a magnet is, what polarity is, and what items are magnetic.

We even made it a game by timing the activity between both the girls. 

christmas tree magnet maze

Please Note ...

Make sure your kids do not have a habit of putting things in their mouth. The small balls used in this activity cause a choking hazard. Please monitor the same and be with them.

Also, I suggest you use magnets of large size. We used a long magnet. Magnets should not be let swallowed as they get attracted to the other items if any in the gut and causes a major problem.

So decide yourself and do this activity with caution. 

Here kids will learn the coordination as it is not easy to make it happen in the first attempt. All their senses will be activated to make this happen. First, they need eye and hand coordination to achieve this successfully.

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Kinaesthesia is the most important sense with which kids will know where to move the hands. Also, they will know the amount of force to be applied for pushing the ball on the maze path. Few kids will take a couple more time than others. Do not worry, but it is a good activity.

Gravity is the force that pulls an object towards the center of the earth. This force in general is not visible and only the movement of object will indicate this force. The steel ball on the paper plate is pulled in the direction the magnet moves under the paper.

The magnetic force produced by the magnet is also not visible but the object movement will indicate the effect. The steel ball will move due to the magnetic force as it works through the metal objects. Therefore there are two forces namely gravity and magnetic force. The former force will pull the ball to the floor and the latter force will attract the ball to the magnet. Based on the strength of the magnet, the magnetic force will succeed.

Extension Idea: 

Elder kids can do this in a better way by drawing a Christmas Tree maze based on their imagination. They can print and then paste it on the paper plate. Thereby technology is incorporated in this activity which is yet a STEM pillar subject.

Here is another version of Christmas Tree Magnet Maze created by my younger one.

Playing with a DIY Christmas tree magnet maze fun STEAM activity for kids

Science behind the Magnet Maze

Magnetic field is the most amazing thing about magnets created by a magnetic material and attracts other magnetic materials that produce magnetic fields at a distance invisibly. It seems to be like a magic. This is where magnetism plays major role. The invisible and strange force created by the magnetic fields produced by the magnetic materials is the reason to attract or repel other objects. Because of magnetism, the magnetic stick and the magnetic ball attract each other and stick.

Few facts about magnets

  • Magnets are bipolar, meaning a magnet has two ends called poles i.e. a North Pole and a South Pole.
  • The North Pole of one magnet attracts the South Pole of other magnet and vice versa. That means like poles repel each other and unlike poles attract each other.
  • A magnet produces a strange and invisible area of magnetism all around it called a magnetic field.
  • If you cut a bar magnet, you will get two brand new smaller magnets each with its own north and south poles.
  • If you run or rub a magnet over an nonmagnetic piece of a magnetic material (such as an iron nail) for few minutes, the nonmagnetic piece can convert into a magnet as well. This is called magnetization.

What is magnetism?

In simple terms, magnetism is an electromagnetic force exerted by the magnetic fields that can attract or repel the objects if they have magnetic material like iron inside them. Basically, it refers to the physical phenomenon of magnetic materials which pull closer or repel other objects.

My younger daughter (5 years old) kept pale face after listening the definition of magnetism. Yes, if we say the above mentioned definition directly to our kids, they may keep confused faces. So, we need to explain them through some fun play. Here is what I did to better understand my kids about magnetism.

Introducing your child to magnets

Firstly, I asked my girls to run around the home and get few things or objects they find. I am ready with a bowl to collect the objects they have gathered. After few minutes, my little ones came back to me with some objects and dropped in the bowl I have arranged. I will disclose the things what they have gathered 🙂 i.e. pencil, eraser, a plastic spoon, paper clips, toys etc. Now I handed them a magnet and asked to explore the items they have collected one after other. My little scientists started their research and gave me the end report saying that some objects are attracted to magnet and some are not attracted. Also there is a big question mark on my kids face and also surprised how come some objects are attracted to the magnet. I explained the concept to my kids by sorting out the objects into two sections: magnetic and non-magnetic. My girls really enjoyed this fun play before we start the activity.

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Delightfully Fizzy Sherbet

In our edible science sections, today let us look at the easiest way to make sherbet not the ordinary version but a fizzy version.

Kids can have colorful sherbet with joy!

Delightfully Fizzy Sherbet - fun science activity for kids

We will always watch out for science exhibitions and will pack our bags to visit them with family. We always wanted to make our kids learn science in a fun way. With the same enthusiasm sometime back we attended a science exhibition and really had fun and learned so many concepts.

 

This is where I got some ideas of making sherbet fizzy version at home. It is because we could not stay for long as we had a long way to drive back home.

We know that this experiment was missed on that day. So what, I am doing it at home. This is the way I did and I want to share it with you all. My kids felt really glad we did this at home.

How to make fizzy sherbet - edible science that kids can make (and eat). Kids love this! From Go Science Girls

Suitable For

Edible science fun activities help kids to understand chemistry in an easy way. These reactions are great to see in real-time. My elder one was 5 years, 4 months and the younger one was less than 3 years old.

I tried this with them and both had fun in a different way. Elder one learned many concepts as well. So do not worry about the age and you can try with kids at any age. They will learn things based on their knowledge. 

I got inspired from the recipe posted in CSIRO site and used that with some modifications to make my sherbet fizzy version. Actually, this site is a good one which has many DIY activities for kids to learn science.

What can you expect from this sherbet? Fizzing sound, great flavor, sweet taste, and really fun. I have posted this in my collection of activities that can be done in less than ten minutes, because it does take not more than 5 minutes to prepare this sherbet.🙂

Fun Science Fact

How does it make a fizzing sound? It is because of the reaction that happens chemically between the acid and the base. Which is the acid here? Yes, citric acid. What about the base? It is the baking soda. Both these react with the water present in the saliva and make a sound as well as bubbles in the tongue. The bubbles are nothing but CO2 – carbon dioxide.

What will you require to make this sherbet fizzy version at home

( As usual, we used things available at home or got it from my nearby store. However, posted the online links for your reference.)

Homemade sherbet ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 tsp citric acid
  • 3 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flavoured jelly crystals
  • bowls & measuring spoons

Check out for citric acid and baking soda at your local store where you buy things to make sponge cakes. Don’t worry about the name of baking soda as it is called bread, cooking soda or bicarb soda. Citric acid is a usual preservative which is added to food for giving a sour taste can be added without any worry.

 

The powdered version of sugar is called icing sugar which you can prepare by just grinding the sugar crystals in your mixer. I always do this as it is cost-effective. There is no difference from this one and the one available in the shops but for the cost. I prefer a cheaper and healthier version always.

Blend regular white sugar into superfine icing sugar

Steps to make this sherbet 

1. Measuring the ingredients

Involve your kids and ask them to measure all the ingredients as mentioned in the above section. Monitor and guide them based on their age to do this work. Talk to them and explain about measuring and thee taste of different items. Also, ask them to guess the taste when all are mixed.

Measure, pour and stir - kids making sherbet in the kitchen
2. Mixing and tasting!

Let them get all the ingredients on the table and ask them to do the mixing work. This work they truly love and my two kids used to fight for doing this. Allow them to lick every time when they mix one item and tell the taste. For instant sugar will taste sweet, citric acid will be sour. The crystals with different flavor and color will make them look great and taste differently. When all this mixed with baking soda kept on the tongue will produce the fizzy sound and feels great.

Edible Sherbet: Science that kids can measure mix pour and taste - Go Science Girls

We tried with the following flavors with different colors. Yes, jelly crystals are the owner of this coloring section.

 

  1. Yellow – pineapple
  2. Pink – raspberry
  3. Orange – Orange
  4. Blueberry

Kid-made sherbet fun kitchen science

This sherbet, when made for the first time, will add a lot of pleasant surprises to you and will activate our sense organs. The colors for eye, taste for the tongue, and much more. You can see them soapy and fizzy, taste them sour and sound fizzing. Overall you will get a new experience.

 

Remember to consume them in small quantity as too much will make you feel kind of unpleasant. Do not panic, however. Just a caution though. Let the kids lick to have fun.

How to make sherbet: fun acid base chemical reaction science activity for kids

Additional point is that this homemade sherbet has a long shelf-life. Yes, they are good to be stored in airtight containers for ages. Make sure it is dry to retain its life.

 

I also tried spraying this sherbet to Tisha’s strawberry salad and she was so happy to eat a new fruit. Yes, she got convinced that it is a new fruit. This way you can make kids eat a variety of things adding this as a flavor to it.

It’s time to share details to have additional fun. Yes, click here for more ideas and all these can be tried at home with things available in the kitchen.

 

Some more for you

 

  • With just 3 items Laughing Kids Learn has posted a sherbet recipe which you must try.
  • Try making glass with sugar at home to teach about original glass making process from the sand.
  • Learn with Play at Home has shared interesting lemonade making the recipe and that is fizzing too.
  • One more experiment with acids and bases is presented in the Anzac Biscuits making a post.
  • Left Brain Craft Brain has explained about polymers in its fruit gummies making DIY.
  • Make cupcakes with this glowing frosting recipe from The Kitchen.

 

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Are you excited to make sherbet with your kids? Choose the color and the flavor from the below picture. Yes, you can have great fun with kids.

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