The Amazing Elephant Toothpaste Experiment
Children of all ages will enjoy this visually stimulating experiment which is full of foamy fun. The chemical reaction that takes place quickly before your eyes is exciting for young scientists and provides immediate gratification. This experiment is quick and easy to set up and perform and is the perfect after school, weekend, or playdate activity.
The yeast in this experiment acts as a catalyst to extract the oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide liquid. This process happens very rapidly and causes an extraordinary amount of bubbles to form instantly. This reaction that takes place is called an exothermic reaction. Trying placing your hand on the side of the bottle. You will feel that the bottle is nice and warm. This is because the work that was done to remove oxygen from the solution produced heat.
Although this fun experiment is called “Elephant’s Toothpaste”, this is not an edible experiment and is not toothpaste at all. It simply looks like a giant tube of toothpaste as the foam streams out of the bottle like toothpaste does when it is squeezed.
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