If you read my Christmas recap post last month, you may recall that my nine year old got this awesome book from his uncle for Christmas. I may or may not have been more excited about it than he was and I couldn’t wait to dig and do some of these experiments with the boys. My goal is to complete all of them by the end of the year. We did our first one a few weeks ago called Frankenstein’s Hand (you can read all about it here) and today I am going to tell you about our second one: The Bottomless Pit.
I like the experiments in this book because they are all relatively simple with detailed instructions.
And they tell you exactly what you need to preform the experiment:
Step one was to glove up and pour some nail polish remover into the can. Chris did step one because I didn’t want the kids to spill nail polish remover by accident – especially since the dog was at their feet the entire time.
Then my nine year old, who was also gloved up just in case, started piling the packing peanuts into the can.
Because of the chemical reaction between the acetone in the nail polish remover and the Styrofoam packing peanuts – the peanuts were dissolving so quickly that my nine year old could barely keep up.
Not only was this super fun to do with the kids, but I discovered an awesome new way to get rid of those pesky packing peanuts when they come in my packages!