We love doing science experiments! They are such fun and engaging activities for little learners. Since it’s October, we’re sharing a fun Creepy Wiggly Worms Science Experiment today.
This would be a fun, quick and easy experiment as part of a Fun Friday, or even as a station during your Halloween party.
gummy worms – we used 3 each time we did the experiment
Sharp scissors or kitchen shears
3 tablespoons of baking soda
1 cup of warm water
2 jars or clear drinking glasses
- Using the sharp scissors, cut the gummy worms into 4 strips each. The skinnier the better they’ll work for this experiment. You’ll want to do this part for the kids and the sharper the scissors the better as it’s difficult to cut the worms otherwise.
- Mix the 3 tablespoons of baking soda with the warm water in one of the jars/glasses. Stir it well. Drop the skinny gummy worms into the baking soda solution and let them soak for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, fill up the other glass jar with vinegar. Fish the gummy worms out of the baking soda solution using the fork and drop them into the vinegar. You gummy worms will start wiggling and coming alive!
- If your worms are not moving or when they stop, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to the jar to make them come to life again. Just make sure your jar isn’t too full of vinegar, otherwise, it will spill over!
What is happening?
The gummy worms are wiggling and moving as the vinegar in the jar reacts with the baking soda. It forms carbon dioxide bubbles. which are less dense than the vinegar and will float to the surface taking he worms with them.
Do you have any other fun science experiments you like to do in October?
See you next time!