This post has a sugar water density rainbow and gravity bead experiments. First, the sugar water density experiment trials. We tried this experiment several ways and it was very fun. It took several attempts to almost match the Steve Spangler Sick Science video. They make it look so easy! We read the informational page about the experiment in between trials, also, to get more tips. First, we pour six glasses of water that were about equal.
The first time we tried this, we used liquid food coloring from the grocery store. The coloring needs to be added before the sugar. We did follow the instructions to have no sugar in the first glass, and then one tablespoon of sugar in the next, going up to five in the last glass. So far so good. We even tried again, doubling the sugar as we read about at this blog post. Still not much luck.
Trial and Error Is One Way To Learn
I won’t show you the first attempt at layering colors as it just didn’t work. Maybe we were having too much fun. So back to the drawing board and we ordered the Steve Spangler (non-affiliate, non-sponsored) fizzers colored tablets and waited for them to arrive. Woo hoo! We were excited when they arrived. We used regular sugar for the next trial, also.
You can find color fizzers by checking the Steve Spangler site.
This was about the best we could do until we gave up on a large glass. It was tons of fun trying! We did try again with fine baker’s sugar from a special grocery store and didn’t do much better. The tricks seem to be to rinse the baster between colors, pour very slowly, and to super saturate the sugar water (heat it in the microwave a few seconds). Cold water won’t work at all. It is good for children to try different variables and work like real scientists no matter how it all turns out.
So finally, in the end, this is what worked in a test tube:
The gravity beads experiment went much better as they were easier. My daughter figured out the trick was to use a wide mouth glass and wind the beads in circles from the bottom up. Success!
Thank you for reading, Carolyn
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