Ring in fall learning with this very simple apple volcano science experiment! Pair it with an apple themed unit for a fun fall learning experience for kids!
Very simple science experiments are an amazing way to get kids excited about learning science. They are fascinating, allow for observation, spark questions that kids can also often answer, and it’s FUN! Everyone in the house (or classroom!) will love this very simple apple volcano science experiment!
Fizzy Apple Volcano Science Experiment for Kids
When I say this STEM activity was simple, I mean it! I had it prepped and ready to go in less than 2 minutes. We even used a few things that we already had around the house- budget win!
What you’ll need to create your own apple volcano science experiment:
- Cookie Sheet
- Baking Soda
- Food Coloring (optional but definitely makes it extra cool)
The cookie sheet serves to catch all of the messy fizziness and makes clean up a breeze! You’ll set up the apply volcano science experiment on the cookie sheet.
This experiment can be extremely hands on even for younger kids; I do recommend an adult cut the core of the apple out. The rest is totally kid friendly!
Once your apple is cored, you and your child can get started!
Making Your Apple Volcano
- Pour about 2 TBS of baking soda into the apple. Add a few drops of food coloring.
- The first time we did just plain baking soda- no food coloring. This experiment is easily repeatable over and over again! I wanted my child to see the reaction without color added the first time.
- At this point, ask your child to form a hypothesis (aka make an educated guess) about what might happen, if we pour vinegar onto the apple.
- Once you have finished discussing, pour 2-3 TBS of vinegar over the top of the apple. The reaction happens immediately! The fizzy came bounding out of the apple and spreading all around.
- Talk about what happened! Was the initial hypothesis correct? What was different than expected? Why did the fizzing happen?
- Because of course once is never enough, do it again! You can rinse the apple off with a little bit of water if you don’t want to mix certain food colors and have brown lava, ha! The coloring absolutely made the reaction more exciting! It would be a fun addition to make the color based on holidays or seasons. Or just let children choose their favorite color!
The whole apple volcano science experiment probably took 10 minutes, so it is not long or drawn out. It was super fun and very simple. Plus the cookie sheet made clean-up SO EASY!
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