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Science for Littles: Dancing Pasta Science Experiment

A quick and easy science experiment for very young children. An easy experiment to enjoy at home with simple materials. Teach children to love science through hands on learning.

dancing pasta

We did this experiment in the 0-5 kids’ section at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum while we were in Vegas. We really enjoyed that museum, and we even got in free thanks to a reciprocal relationship they have with our local Children’s Discovery Museums, which we have a membership to.

This dancing pasta science experiment is very simple: break thin pasta into short segments (1-2 centimeters) and drop it into soda pop. The pasta sinks down, catches bubbles at the bottom, and floats back up to the top, “dancing”. Mike and I both thought this was really cool! The kids warmed up to it after an initially suspicious reaction:watching pasta dance in soda pop

What are your favorite science experiments for young children?

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

10 thoughts on “Science for Littles: Dancing Pasta Science Experiment”

  1. I wish I had checked this out before Max’s birthday party. I think the kids would have gotten a kick out of it, even if they are big eight-year-olds who are ever-so mature. We did a Mad Scientist birthday party with homemade lab coats that were pretty darn cool! Instead of the whole pinata and treat bag stuff we let the kids take their lab coats, slime, protective eyewear and such home with them. I’ll just remember this for next time! Emma looked wary, how cute! Chat later…

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    Love Emma’s suspicious reaction! :) Happy Friday!
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  3. This is a fun experiment, I saw something like this with raisins, I think. Have you tried it at home yet?
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..We Play With Legos =-.

  4. What a great idea! I have club soda at home, so we’ll have to try this tonight!

    (I just checked our local children’s museums site, and it looks like we’d need to spent another $50 to upgrade our membership for the reciprocal deal. We don’t travel frequently enough to warrant it.)
    .-= Sadia´s last blog ..The return of the Epic Tantrum =-.

  5. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones

    Very cool!! I think I may try this w/ my kids today – do you think it will work w/ regular seltzer water? I don’t have any soda in the house right now :(
    .-= Jackie @ 3 Little Ones´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset at Mallory Square =-.

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