No… not the As Seen On TV cleaner, this was our activity for the morning. Or “game, game, game” as Oliver has taken to chanting.
When I was home visiting my folks, I happened to watch The Ellen Degeneres Show. And one of my online favorites, Steve Spangler, was her guest. (He’s responsible for our Elephant’s Toothpaste activity…) I’m a sucker for a cool and simple (cimple? simpool?) science experiment, so I had to try it for myself.
I ordered these from Amazon, and had the Alka Seltzer already stocked in our craft closet. (Don’t ask…) Oliver wasn’t so sure about it, but I was waaaaaay into it.
To review, materials:
- some of those old fashioned film canister with the pop tops
- alka seltzer
Pour a little bit of water into your film canister (maybe 1/3 full).
I used 1/2 an Alka Seltzer tablet and it was PLENTY. Drop this in, quickly pop your cap on, and turn the whole thing over. Wait a few seconds, and…. BAM!
Oliver took refuge as these things FLY. Like ricocheting off the ceiling, fly. Be warned.
Here’s a video so you can truly appreciate what these things will do:
While we had the Alka Seltzer on hand, I also did this little experiment with Oliver. A benefit of Eleanor’s library card, is that I get to peruse the dork aisle and take out science books.
One of the experiments mentioned in this book was similar-ish to what I ended up doing. First, to keep it classy, I used a Corona bottle. It’s spring break right?!
I filled the bottle with water, maybe 2/3 full and let Oliver drop 2 Alka Seltzer tablets in.
I quickly slipped a balloon over the neck of the bottle and we watched what happened. Oliver enjoyed this much more than the exploding film canisters.
So go load up on Alka Seltzer, grab some burritos since your heartburn’s now covered, and pop some film canisters!
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