Celebrate by exploding a few kitchen fireworks this Fourth of July

Bang!

Boom!

Zwack!

Fireworks!

It’s almost the Fourth of July – one of the Prez’s and I’s favorite holidays!

Why you ask?

The answer is simple; we love the fireworks!!!

And today, we are going to share how you can make your very own fireworks and explode them right in your kitchen!!

Fireworks in your Kitchen

Before we get started, let’s watch this video to learn a bit more about the science behind fireworks.

Wasn’t that fascinating?

Now, that we understand what is going on in the sky. Let’s recreate it in the kitchen!!

Kitchen fireworks supplies

  • Clear glass
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Food coloring

Ok, so by now you have figured out that we are not making the exploding with fire kind of fireworks in your kitchen. It kinda falls under the same rules as when we showed you how to make a rocket at home.

We are making the oil and water kind – not exactly the same, but still super cool!

How to make your kitchen fireworks

Let’s get started!

Step 1. Pour a bit of oil in a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring.

Step 2. Break the drops into tiny droplets with a fork.

Step 3. Slowly add the oil mixture in a jar filled partway with water.

Step 4. Wait a moment and observe your fireworks!

Explode some kitchen fireworks without waking a sleeping baby this Fourth of July.

What happened

Oil and water don’t mix. This is because one (oil) is nonpolar and the other (water) is polar and because molecules like to hang out with other molecules that are just like them. They are kinda exclusive like that.

Anywhoo, it turns out that food coloring is also polar, so it doesn’t want to mix with the oil. When gravity takes effect, the food coloring droplets turn tail and head for the hills, a.k.a., the water.

Wrapping it Up

Wasn’t that fantastic?

And the best part about it is that you can do it over and over again without waking up the sleeping baby!

We’d love to see the fireworks you create – post a pic on Instagram and tag it with @sassafrassci and the Prez and I will check it out!

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