Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ivory soap experiment

I read about an Ivory soap experiment you could do with your kids on a Mommy blog and wanted to try it with Owen. (Vivi happily munched some yogurt melts while we conducted this very scientific experiment.)

I cut an Ivory soap bar in half. We put it on a paper plate and I asked Owen what he thought would happen. He said it would "get hot".

We put it in the microwave for 60 seconds. This is what happened:

After it came out of the oven, it was a little warm to the touch. We let it cool off, and then I let Owen "decorate" it with drops of food coloring. He had a ball making his sculpture all different colors. We then did the other half of the soap bar, letting it go a little longer this time. It got even bigger!

At the end, we crumbled the second soap sculpture up into tiny pieces of snow to use later as hand soap. We recycled! :)

It was a fun little experiment and I'm glad we did it. It was definitely worth the 15 minutes of busy time.

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