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Fun Science Projects to Do With Kids: Soda Explosion!

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If your just new to my blog, I am a child and family photographer in the Phoenix area. Visit my portfolio or contact link above if you were looking for information on how to book a session. If you are curious about what this post is all about, read on! When I am not taking picture of families and children in the Phoenix area, I am also a mom, former elementary teacher and part time child development professor. So naturally, as you may have guessed, I love working with children. In this section of my blog, I combine my photography skills with my love for working with kids to give you ideas on some fun and educational things to do with your little ones!

Soda Explosion Science Project

For this super fun science activity, you only need a few things: a two liter of soda and a roll of Mentos candies. Having four kids, I’m pretty thrifty so I love projects that don’t cost a lot. This one you can do for under two dollars and you’ll definitely get your money worth!


2 Liter of Diet Cola (or other soda)

1 Roll of Mentos Candies

To prepare you kids, ask them to make a guess or hypothesis about what will happen when you combine to two materials that they have probably seen before. I got some pretty unique reposes from my kids from “it will turn red” to “it will spill out of the bottom”. If you wanted to extended this activity a little more (and make it more educational) have your kids write or draw a picture about what they think will happen.

Fun science projects to do with kids in the Phoenix areaCool activities to do with your kids in your own backyardNext, open the end of the candies and the soda. For a bigger reaction, open all the candies beforehand and place in a rolled up index card. Place your hand over the end so they will all plop in quickly. Drop the candies in and watch the reaction on your kids’ faces! *SPOILER ALERT* Don’t scroll down if you don’t want to know what happens next:)What happens when you combine mentos and diet coke? A whole lot of fun!Activities to do with childrenin the summer time that have learning value in ArizonaAs you can see, this is messy, so it is something you want to do outside. The explosion is more or less powerful with different types and temperatures of soda. So if your kids enjoyed this little experiment, have them try it with regular cola, sprite, or an ice cold two litter. Have them make predictions to what will happen.Science projects to do withyour kids that don;t cost a lot of money and are a lot of fun!Thanks for reading! Leave me a note below and let me know how it turned out for your kids or if you’ve got a great idea you’d like to share.


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  • AmandaJune 13, 2015 - 5:38 am

    What a fun experiment with your kids. I need to be better about taking pictures while we do some fun things. Thank you for that reminder!ReplyCancel

  • BrendenJune 12, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    I remember years ago when I first saw this experiment on myth busters-totally fun! And then the other day I was driving down the street and a bunch of kids where doing the same experiment. It must be the gorgeous summer weather! Every one is out and about having some fun! Even though I know this was a great experiment for the kids your images are still gorgeous (as always)! I love it-such great memories!ReplyCancel

  • AlyssaJune 12, 2015 - 7:33 pm

    What a super fun experiment! And the real excitement you captured during this is amazing! Such great photographs and memories!ReplyCancel

  • Christine DJune 12, 2015 - 10:12 am

    I love these action shots! We have used this mix to show “scout spirit” at Cub Scout events, and it is always a favorite with kids! Your photos are so perfect of this!ReplyCancel

  • MeganJune 12, 2015 - 7:52 am

    I love the look of fear in the one… haha! What a fun kids science experiment and learning experience with beautiful images too!ReplyCancel

  • EmilyJune 11, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    How fun! I’m going to give this a try tomorrow with the kids. Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Natalia HaireJune 11, 2015 - 8:08 pm

    OMG! I am totally doing this!!! So much fun! Love reading your blog and all the creative juices that you share!!! Great blog!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha EckhausJune 11, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    What an absolutely fun photojournalistic session! I love how you captured their excitement. It truly brought the images to life!ReplyCancel

  • OliviaJune 11, 2015 - 12:57 pm

    Wow, I love your photography and blog. Your ideas are SO fun and pretty inexpensive. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • CoreyJune 11, 2015 - 9:30 am

    This idea – and the photos – are so fun!! It looks like your little ones had a great time with this science experiment!ReplyCancel

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