Learn Science with this Dancing Rice Experiment
Dancing Rice Experiment
This was more interesting and exciting to watch than I expected! And even more importantly, my daughter was obsessed. We actually did this ‘dancing rice experiment’ more than once. It was THAT exciting.
Instant Rice (non-instant rice is too dense for this project)
Food Coloring (Optional)
Fill the Clear Jar 3/4 Way Full Of Water. If desired, mix in food coloring.
Add in 1 TBS of Baking Soda and Stir. Mix completely.
1/4 Cup Of Uncooked Rice. Note that instant rice is needed for this project! Non-instant rice is too dense and won’t result in a “dancing” reaction.
Add in 1-2 TBS of White Vinegar.
The reaction didn’t happen at first, I had to add in a little more vinegar than I had initially expected. When we did, though, it was awesome. The top fizzed slightly but then the rice just started dancing around the jar. It was fantastic.
I am glad we added in food coloring. It made the effect of the dancing rice experiment look even more cool. It almost looked like a black light show or some sort of light show. This experiment truly was fun.
This can be a fantastic example for children to show cause and effect as well as chain reactions. A reaction can occur with just baking soda and vinegar, but when the other ingredients are added a different reaction occurs.