This Bouncing Beans Activity for Kids is fun and engaging for kids, but can also be used as an educational activity for multiple age groups. It would be a great activity if you have kids of different ages because you can easily make it educational for so many ages – and who doesn't like watching beans bounce!
For preschoolers, you can use it to talk about the letter “B” and how “B” is for “bean” and “bounce”.
For early elementary schools kids, it makes a great science activity. You can ask them to guess what bean is going to bounce the most, explain why they think it will bounce, and then see what actually happens.
For older elementary kids, you can have them record their hypothesis and observations in a science notebook and talk about how the reaction produces carbon dioxide bubbles that push the beans up as they escape into the air outside the jar.
Bouncing Beans Activity for Kids
- 16 ounce glass mason jars
- dry beans
- white vinegar
- baking soda
1. The ratio in my jar was: 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 Tablespoon baking soda. Once you add the baking soda, it will overflow. While this is fun to watch, it is best to do this over a towel!
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Thanks to Kari of Craft Create Cook for sharing her tutorial and pictures with us.