Chemical Reaction Car

45 Minutes | All | Outdoors

Build a chemical reaction car



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Chemical Reaction Car

45 Minutes | All | Outdoors

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • White vinegar
  • Empty plastic bottle
  • Single ply tissue
  • Funnel
  • Duct tape
  • Toy car
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Paper & pencil
  • Scissors

  1. Tape the bottle to the car with duct tape
  2. The opening of the bottle should be facing the back of the car
  3. Poke a hole in the bottle cap
  4. This can be a little hard to do, so it probably makes sense for an adult to do this
  5. Most tissues have several layers of paper, so you'll need to separate the tissue so that you have only one layer
  6. Pour your bicarbonate of soda onto the tissue, and roll it up
  7. It's better to pour the bicarbonate of soda into a row or a line, then roll up the tissue
  8. It'll look kind of like a log
  9. That will be much easier to get into the bottle
  10. 2/3 fill the bottle with white vinegar
  11. Next, carefully push the bicarbonate of soda-filled tissue down into the bottle
  12. Quickly screw the lid on tightly, and hold your finger over the hole in the bottle cap
  13. Gently rock the bottle back and forth so that the tissue disintegrates, and the baking soda and vinegar can combine
  14. Wait a few seconds so that the carbon dioxide can build up
  15. Keep your finger tightly pressed over the hole
  16. Release your car and watch it go!

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Beaver - Experiment


Cub - Scientist


Explorer - Creative Arts