Category Archives: Nerdy Kids

ideas to challenge those who like a mental/academic challenge

Make Your Own Fizzy Drinks

Do you have nerdy kids?  I do!  They LOVE building stuff, running experiments, and turning my house into a lab.

the setupHere’s fun activity to try with your nerdy kids.

To carbonate your own drink….you will need:

  • A drink (we used blue Kool-aid)
  • A bottle that you can put a cork in the opening
  • A cork with a hole drilled to fit a straw
  • Several straws
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda

Set your equipment up like this.  Put about a cup of vinegar in the bottle, but don’t add any baking soda yet. simple setup Once you have a second set of hands ready to help.  Scoop a heaping tablespoon of baking soda into the funnel (keeping the bottom closed with your finger).

Remove the cork from the bottle and QUICKLY let all the baking soda fall into the vinegar.  VERY QUICKLY re-cork the bottle and hold the cork in place.

The solution will bubble violently, sending carbon dioxide through the straw into your waiting kool-aid. I would recommend that the 2nd person hold the end of the straw down into the kool-aid.closeup

When the bubbles stop…enjoy your fizzy kool-aid.