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How To Make Dancing Popcorn (a Science Activity)
In this article: Try this fun science activity with your kids and make some dancing popcorn!
Back 15 years ago when my oldest was about 3 years old, his absolute favorite activity was to make dancing popcorn. I recently resurrected the activity for my 3 year old (and my 8 year old, who was just as excited)
For a kid, it almost seems like magic with popcorn kernels bouncing up and down dancing in water. But dancing popcorn is actually a great learning activity with lots of scientific principles at work.
Make your own dancing popcorn and have some good discussions about how it works with your kids!
Age levels: 2 and up
- 1 quart size jar
- 1 T Popcorn kernels (or more)
- 2-4 T baking soda
- 1 cup white vinegar
- a spoon
Now that you have all your supplies, let’s get dancing!
Start by filling the quart jar about 3/4 full of water. I put all of my supplies on a tray to minimize any mess.
Have your kids add in the baking soda and stir well, until the baking soda has dissolved completely.
Now drop in the pop corn kernels. If your kids are anything like mine they will likely want more than 1 T…we probably added at least 1/4 cup of popcorn.
Now it’s time for fun!
Slowly pour in the vinegar, you may not need it all and if you pour too much too fast you will end up with a volcano-like eruption!
You will know you have added enough vinegar when the popcorn kernels begin to rise and fall.
Observe Your Dancing Popcorn!
My 3 year old was mesmerized by watching the popcorn go up and down and up and down. But he was also very observant, commenting on the bubbles that surrounded the kernels.
Here are some questions or things to discuss while watching your dancing popcorn:
Why is the popcorn going up? (the bubbles around the kernels are lifting them up)
Why does the popcorn sink when it gets to the top? (some of the bubbles pop when they reach the surface)
What is making the bubbles? (the carbon dioxide gas produced by the reaction of baking soda and vinegar)
You can also come up with other questions and hypothesize on the answers (and then give it a try). Things like:
- What will happen if you add more vinegar?
- What will happen if you add more baking soda?
- Can the bubbles support other items?
How Does Dancing Popcorn Work?
In case it’s been awhile since your last chemistry class, let’s talk about how this little experiment works.
Baking soda is a bicarbonate(or NaHCO3) and it’s a base. Vinegar is an acetic acid (or HCh4COO), which of course is an acid.
When these 2 combine a chemical reaction occurs. As a result of this chemical reaction, carbon dioxide gas is produced. (Here’s a more exact description of what happens during the reaction)
When this reaction happens under water the carbon dioxide gas is trapped in bubbles which then collect on the popcorn kernels.
When enough bubbles have collected the kernels begin to rise.
Remember in the movie UP! when they attach so many helium balloons to the house the house can fly? It’s similar to that.
But what happens when some of those balloons pop? The house starts to sink. The same is true for the popcorn.
When the bubbles reach the top of the jar and hit the air, the gas is released and they bubbles pop. Once a few bubbles have popped there’s no longer enough gas to support the popcorn and it begins to sink.
What makes it dance? The process repeats! As the kernel sinks, more bubbles start to collect again and it rises once more.
The popcorn will dance and dance until the reaction has released all of the carbon dioxide.
Want to make the experiment last longer? Just add more baking soda and vinegar!
Looking for more Baking Soda and Vinegar Activities? Check out the activities below:
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- 1 T Popcorn kernels (or more)
- 2-4 T baking soda
- 1 cup white vinegar
- A quart glass jar
- a spoon
- plastic tray (optional)
- Start by filling the quart jar about 3/4 full of water
- Add in the baking soda and stir well ( until the baking soda has dissolved completely)
- Add the pop corn kernels to the jar
- Slowly pour in the vinegar, you may not need it all and if you pour too much too fast you will end up with a volcano-like eruption!
- You will know you have added enough vinegar when the popcorn kernels begin to rise and fall.
- Observe and discuss!
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who were disclosed on October 16, 2022
Popcorn. (Mask. Dancing). Photo: t.me/weitmedia
On October 16, 2022, the second episode of the new show Mask. Dancing". 14 participants of this project, under the masks of various characters, demonstrate their choreographic skills. The dancers are evaluated by the jury, which includes Sergey Svetlakov, Yegor Druzhinin, Klava Koka, Maria Gorban and Timur Rodriguez, and the project is led by Yuri Muzychenko. nine0006
Members: Viper, Seahorse, Beetroot, Disco Ball and Zebra
In the first episode, the creators of the show decided not to expose the Viper, who was supposed to take off his mask. This time she tried to rehabilitate herself in a cowboy room to Anna Asti's track "Bar". Among the versions of the jury were the names of Anna Semenovich, Anna Sedokova, Inga Oboldina, Bianchi and even Vadim Galygin.Seahorse (Mask. Dancing). Photo: t.me/weitmedia
After the performance of the Seahorse to Nicholas Hill's song "Looking at you", Yegor Druzhinin suggested that the artist hiding behind the mask is well acquainted with ballroom dancing. Along with the versions that this is Khabib or Alexey Vorobyov, the main version of the judges is Dava. Svekla danced to Dua Lipa's "Levitating" track and planted in the minds of the jury the guess that it was Olga Seryabkina or Anna Khilkevich.
The disco ball, rescued last time by the audience, performed an Indian-style dance to Amar Anil Mohile's "Punjaby Party". The jury believes that it could be Roza Syabitova, Nadezhda Kadysheva, Nadezhda Babkina, or even Mikhail Galustyan. nine0003
Zebra was the only character in this episode to present a solo number to "Bird" by Hamali & Navai. Svetlakov called her the dance leader of the project. According to the plasticity of the character, the judges suggested that it was Karina Koks, Nyusha or Katya Iowa. From the top five in the nomination for elimination, according to the result of the audience voting, there was a Disco ball.
Members: Brush, Popcorn, Ladybug, Saturn, OwlBrush (Mask. Dancing). Photo: t.me/weitmedia
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"Queen of Voga" Ladybug performed a lyrical duet with a partner to London Grammar's "Hey Now". Nastya Ivleeva, Yana Koshkina, Anna Sedokova, Anfisa Chekhova, Kristina Asmus - the jury tried to guess. Ladybug gave a hint to the judges, admitting that she had a love scene with one of them. nine0003 Saturn. (Mask. Dancing). Photo: t.me/weitmedia
Saturn, who was saved by the jury, performed under Vitas' Opera No. 2 in the last edition and looked like Alexander Revva, Anastasia Volochkova, Igor Prokopenko, Alexander Oleshko, Sergey Sosedov and ten other named artists.
Owl performed a dance with chairs to the song of the group “Bravo” “I am what you need”. The judges assumed that Elena Vorobey, Lera Kudryavtseva, Vlad Sokolovsky or Dmitry Koldun could be hiding behind a white bird. According to the results of the audience voting, Popcorn got into the elimination nomination. nine0003
Members: Scarecrow, Frog, Black Swan, Snow LeopardScarecrow (Mask. Dancing). Photo: t.me/weitmedia
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The mask was removed from Popcorn, it turned out to be ShuraShura at the Superstar show. Photo: the singer's social networks
The jury, choosing between the Disco Ball and Popcorn, nevertheless decided to declassify Popcorn, and, despite the versions of Mitya Fomin and Garik Sukachev, the majority of the judges were sure that the singer Shura was hiding under this mask. And they were right. The performer complained that his character had a very heavy head, in which it was uncomfortable for him to perform. Rodriguez encouraged Shura: “There are no people like you, and you don’t have to hide yourself!” He was supported by Svetlakov: “You fly out not because of talent, but because you are unique.” Nevertheless, Shura refused to dance for an encore, briskly hiding in heels backstage. nine0003
The third edition of the show “Mask. Dances” watch live on STS on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 17.00 Moscow time.
Popcorn Shura, who left the show “Mask. Dancing”: “Everything was spoiled by the terrible and irresponsible attitude of one artist”
Dances" channel STS. However, the artist could not hold out for a long time in the project, and honestly explained why it happened. nine0003
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A new show “Mask. Dances”, where the stars of Russian show business, hidden in unusual costumes, surprise the jury with choreography. The judges and fans figured out Shura almost immediately, it was difficult for him to leave his demeanor outside the framework, no matter how hard he tried. “I recognize my dear by his gait!”; “From the very first second, it was clear that Alexander was under the mask, but you are still the best,” the artist’s subscribers cheer.
The 47-year-old musician was a little upset about leaving the project, but he still accepted his mistake. It turns out that Shura made a big mistake by choosing Popcorn's outfit. The singer told StarHit what was his main mistake. nine0003
Isn't it a shame to leave at the beginning of the show? Why do you think it happened?
I was unlucky from the very beginning: I chose the wrong mask. She was the heaviest. There were sixteen masks to choose from. And wow, I managed to choose this one. Only the head weighs eight kilograms! Neither to the right, nor to the left step, she collapses. You can only walk straight in it, it is impossible to sit down at all. The apron is huge, like a glass. I take a step, I have pressure. I didn’t know what to do, what kind of dances there were. There was a fan to breathe. It also smelled strongly of glue. In general, the glue has not weathered, apparently. Listen, my blood pressure was skyrocketing. I'm not making excuses, dancing is not my thing at all. And when you have a head of eight kilograms, well, what kind of dances are there? And you can't see a damn thing in it, you understand. I didn't see the floor or the people around. What kind of synchronicity can we talk about, you understand? Hard. Here I have chosen. He chose himself, he is a fool. nine0003
The artist is firmly confident only in his vocal skills
Why did you choose this particular character?
Well, she liked it, and that's it. It's kind of funny, it's fun. The most beautiful and, as it turned out, the most difficult. Don't stand in it, you know. I myself weigh a lot. And after all, it was originally made for the usual “Mask”, where they sing. Well, what dances can be when you have such a thing on your head? I would probably sing in it easily: I went out, got up, sang and left. And it's very hard to move. Other artists, I think, deliberately chose lighter costumes. To stay on the project. Yes, of course, I'm sorry. Well, what to do, well, like this. The program is all about dancing. Not about the voice, damn it. If it was about the voice, I would have gone first. If I come to the show, then for the victory. But then Yulechka Sumacheva invited me. It's interesting anyway. Now I will tell everyone: “Do not look at what is on the screen so easily: they came out and made faces. Yep, right now!" nine0003
Perhaps they changed their plans when they agreed to participate in the project?
It's okay, I have so much work to do. I will return to her. I'll go about my business. Of course, I already rolled out my lip, removed everything from the schedule and began to negotiate for other dates. Okay, so there's probably some benefit to that. It's a shame? Yes, it's embarrassing. Well, it's very hard. It's good that I, a boy, chose this mask. What if it was a girl?
The singer was uncomfortable in heavy clothes and high heels
How were the rehearsals?
Came to all rehearsals. Of course, you can not let the ballet down. He's beautiful here. But he rehearsed after all without a mask. And here you put it on, and that's it. Well, of course, here are my relatives, how much they worked together. They know that I am no dancer. They said: "We will invent something." I know music, lyrics well, but the movements are not about me at all. In my entire life, how many concerts I have had around the world, I have not done a single synchronism. I have a bad memory for movement. Well, I don't seem to bother. I am a singer, not a dancer. I didn't argue. What they give me, then I dance. nine0003
Did any force majeure occur during filming?
Yes, they changed the song. There was Cream Soda's "No More Parties" first. I rehearsed it for two days, and on the day of shooting I got NILETTO. It was very hard for me, I was worried. I've been preparing for a long time. I love both artists. But it's hard when the song is changed. And on the day of filming the second issue, everything dragged on. In general, White Media is an organized company. Everything is scheduled to the minute and everything is fine, right down to feeding: they feed deliciously. But here, of course, the terrible and irresponsible attitude of one artist, who was late for three and a half hours, spoiled it. I would kick them out of the project right away. That's not how it's done. An artist burns out when he waits a long time. I won't say who it was or what mask it was. But I wouldn't leave it like that. nine0003
The jury almost immediately decided that you were behind the mask. What do you think gave you away?
Rodriguez just got it already with his guessing. He did me more than once as Shura in different shows. He specifically knows how I move. He studied me very well. And how I put my feet on heels, like Pugacheva. I was hurt. As soon as I stepped on the stage, Rodriguez began to say that it was me. Here are Christmas trees-sticks, well, how! Well, it was cool to participate, of course. I love everyone. It is fair that the guys guessed right, and I left. nine0003
The jury managed to guess the musician
That is, even glad that they left?
I probably couldn't resist. I would have reached the third issue and I myself would have refused, to be honest with you. He would say: "Guys, I'm sorry, let's let me go." Because it's not real. And you won't dance, you understand. Well, with female breasts and high heels, why do I need it? Once upon a time, of course, I walked in heels. But then I was young. And the fact that it’s hard for me now, I realized already here on the set. Here it is still not easy to walk, but also to dance.