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Pepper Swim-Away Experiment

Pepper Swim-Away Experiment
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 2y - 7y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Yael Valek
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Here's a quick and simple science experiment you can do with basic things in your kitchen!

How We Did It

Pepper Swim-Away Experiment
Shake or grind the pepper to cover the surface of the water.
Pepper Swim-Away Experiment

Ask your child what they expect will happen when you drop the soap in and why. What do other things do when you drop them into water? Then drip a drop of soap into the middle of the bowl (or put soap on your finger and touch the middle).

Pepper Swim-Away Experiment

The pepper swims away!

Did the pepper do something different than what your child expected? How interesting that adding soap to water can make it do something that you didn't expect! Water has a surface that allows light-weight things to float on it. This is how water bugs walk on water. But soap breaks this surface tension, so when the water's "skin" scoots away from where it was popped, the pepper goes with it!


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My child and I completed Pepper Swim-Away Experiment.

posted by: Sheena on 8.13.2013

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