Elephant Toothpaste for Kids

4 and up (with help)

What you need:

  • ½ cup hydrogen peroxide 
  • ¼ cup dish soap
  • 1 pack of yeast
  • Warm water
  • Food coloring 
  • Empty bottle 

How to: 
1. In the empty bottle add ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup of dish soap. Make sure to swish it around and blend ingredients nicely.

2. Then ask your child what color they would like to add. Put a few drops of food coloring in the mixture.

3. Then in a separate cup add the yeast and a little warm water, and let sit for 30 seconds.

4. When you are ready add the yeast/water mixture into the bottle. Then watch what happens. Make sure to let your child observe the reaction and ask them questions to have them describe what they see. 

Science is a fun way to help children learn to follow step-by-step directions. You can also work on the scientific method by starting with asking them what they think will happen (hypothesis) and then comparing it with what happened (result) 

This experiment is a popular one, it is important to note that the recipe posted above is kid friendly. The kid-friendly version uses chemicals that are safe for children to touch, in case of a splash. That being said it is always beneficial to use safe practices when doing science with our little ones. This means showing them and teaching them how to stay safe while following directions and observing your science experiment.

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Published by Christelle

Former Montessori School Teacher and Child Life Specialist. Specialize in early childhood education.

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