Elephant Toothpaste? It Does Exist!

It’s time to bust your boredom self-quarantine blues with this fun science experiment that you and your kids will definitely get a kick out of. Using a few household products, you can make foaming geysers of fun and keep your kiddos entertained while learning a little science, too. It’s important to note that gloves and goggles should be worn if you use 6% hydrogen peroxide to avoid possible skin irritation.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Hiland Dairy milk containers (I used 16 oz. containers)
  • ½ cup of 3% or 6% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tablespoon of dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • Funnel
  • Tray or tub

What To Do:

  • Be sure the milk containers have been properly cleaned with warm, soapy water; labels removed and completely dried.
  • Feel free to decorate the bottles to resemble toothpaste tubes and place each bottle on a tray or in a tub for easy cleanup.
  • Pour the hydrogen peroxide (I used a 6% solution) into one of the milk bottles. Add a big squirt of dish soap into the same bottle and gently swirl to mix. Repeat to fill the remaining bottles.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring into the hydrogen peroxide mixture and gently swirl to mix.
  • In a separate container or measuring cup, mix the yeast and warm water for approximately 30 seconds.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into the milk bottle, quickly step back and watch the oozing, colorful reaction.

Diva’s Tip: To make stripes, drop food coloring along the inside rim of the bottle’s mouth and let it drip down the inside of the bottle but do not mix.

~ The Dairy Diva