Are you looking for new fun science activities for kids? Then try this cool Dancing Grapes Science Experiment with your children.
It is super easy it is to set up and will amaze your whole family!
In fact, all you need is two ingredients for this hands-on STEM experiment.
Let’s dive right in and find out how to make grapes dance and let’s learn about the science behind it!
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The Benefit of Science Experiments with Kids
My children are obsessed with kitchen experiments. I personally love these kid’s activities as well since it gives me the perfect opportunity to combine fun with education.
We use the chance to read a subject related book first. Then we talk about what we like to accomplish with our fun activity and the science behind it.
This gives you the opportunity to add language building activities like discussions, conversations, and new words. Overall this will help with reading, writing, and children’s conversation skills.
You can find those and many more benefits of science experiments for kids and toddlers here.
Why did I pick this STEM Activity?
In general, my kid’s activities need to be:
- easy to set up
- manageable for different age groups
As many of you know by now I have three children in the age group of 2,4 and 8. Therefore my family projects are simple to prepare and easy to implement.
I choose kid’s projects where I can simply change the difficulty level to provide challenges and fun for every age group.
Especially about this project I love the fact that it is perfect in a classroom setting. It also gives children the chance to explore the knowledge with all senses while helping step by step along the way.
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How to make grapes dance:
But let’s take a look now at this simple, long-lasting, fun STEM experiment.
Here is what you will need to make grapes dance:
- seltzer water
- large vase
As mentioned before, I advise explaining to your children upfront the science behind this dancing grapes experiment. That way they know what they looking for!
Follow these simple steps to get your grapes magically dance:
Time needed: 20 minutes.
- Prepare your glass container
Fill the vase 3/4th with bubble water. This will not work with regular tap water!
- Prepare your grapes
Wash the grapes and remove them from the stencils.
- Add grapes
Drop a hand full of grapes in sparkling water.
- Let them dance
Watch the grapes dance.
Your kids enjoyed this easy STEM experiment and want to try more? Then try these other great science experiments: - Raincloud Experiment - How to grow your own rainbow - Milk, food coloring, and dish soap experiment
- Grapes can be substituted with raisins or rise.
- No reason to waste food, the grapes can still be eaten after the experiment.
- Grapes can be a choking hazard for young toddlers and babies. Therefore I recommend this activity only for children age 3 and up.
The science behind this:
Seltzer water contains carbon dioxide (CO2) which is essential to this STEM activity!
Since grapes are heavier than water, they automatically sink to the bottom of our glass jar.
As you can easily see in the video carbon dioxide bubbles attach quickly to the grapes and make them rise.
On top, the bubbles pop, and the grapes sink back to the bottom. The process repeats itself until all the carbon dioxide is used.
As a result, the water turns flat and will taste like tap water. Take a sip and try it yourself!
It s the same process when you leave any type of soda bottle open without putting the screw back on. The carbon dioxide will vanish and it starts to taste flat since the carbon dioxide is gone!
To learn more about carbon dioxide (CO2) including definition and facts for kids take a look here!
My kids love this Dancing Grapes Science Experiment, so do I for the following reasons:
- It is not messy and super simple to set up.
- You don’t need many supplies.
- Your kids can gain a lot of knowledge out of this cool science experiment.
It is definitely a win-win project I can fully recommend to kids age 3 and up!
Now I would like to hear from you! How did your kids enjoyed this easy science experiment with grapes? Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now. I love to hear from you!
- selter water
- Fill your glass container with seltzer water
- Remove stenciles from grapes
- Drop a grapes in your vase
- Watch them dance