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SCIENCE FUN – IS PEPPER AFRAID OF DISH SOAP?

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Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kids

Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kidsThis is a fun quick activity you can do with your kids while you’re making dinner.

You’ll need a bowl, plate, or pie pan, pepper, water, and dish soap.Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kids

Fill your chosen container with water and sprinkle on some pepper.

Put your finger in the pepper/water and see what happens.

Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kids

Not a whole lot! Now put a small bit of dish soap on your finger

Now put your finger in the pepper/water

Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kids Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kids

and watch the amazement on your kids’ face. It happens really fast and is so fun so be prepared to reapeat this over and over.

Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kids Is pepper afraid of soap? Fun surface tension science experiment for kids

If your kids are old enough you can talk to them about what is happening. To answer the original question, no, pepper is not afraid of water. When you think about a drop of rain you think of a bulging shape. The bulge is created by surface tension. Because the pepper is so light it just floats on top of the water. When the dish soap is introduced, the surface tension is lowered basically causing the bulging of the water to lower (or flatten) carrying the floating pepper to the outside.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

3 Comments

  1. WOW! That's so cool, I don't have boys and my daughter can't talk much yet but I think I wanna try this just for myself! 🙂

  2. This is awesome! I'm so glad you hopped onto my blog, so I could find yours 🙂 I'm going to try this with Aidan 🙂 xo

  3. Hey thanks for posting this.It was a gate asinment to figure it out.

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