My kids love doing simple science experiments with materials we already have in the kitchen. When I found an old box of cherry gelatin mix that had been lost in the back of the pantry, I decided we would use it to give our favorite science activity a new twist. The result was a brightly colored, cherry-scented science activity that is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
The kids have decided to call this latest science experiment “Cherry Explosion.” With its vivid red color and super fast bubbling reaction, I think the name fits perfectly.
Make your own Cherry Explosion (AKA scented fizzy science)!
- Baking Soda
- Box of Cherry Gelatin (Jello)
- Eye Dropper
- Plastic Shallow Container
To set up your cherry-scented science fun, sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of cherry gelatin powder on the bottom of your shallow container.
Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and mix well.
Have your child use the eye dropper to add vinegar and watch the cherry-scented fizzy science unfold.
While it is impossible to completely cover up the smell of vinegar, the sweet cherry smell comes pretty close. And the vibrant red color is striking in comparison to the gelatin powder and baking soda mix. Your child will love watching the colorful fizz that appears with each drop of vinegar. If they are anything like mine, you’ll be setting up the experiment again as soon as all the baking soda in the container has been used.
Continue the baking soda and vinegar fun with these simple twists: