Monday, November 10, 2014


Hi Friends! I'm back with another Amazon Prime Instant Video show. Annedroids created by Emmy nominated J.J Johnson (Dino Dan) and Sinking Ship Entertainment, is live-action adventure series about a little girl named "Anne", her friends and an her android assistants who find ways to reuse things in her junkyard laboratory while undertaking the biggest experiment of all, growing up.

In the Annedroids episode "Eyes Up", Anne, Nick and Shania experiment with different ways to help Eyes fly, since after seeing a butterfly fly he wanted to as well.bThey had no luck with wings and helicopter blades,  they finally discover that helium balloons are the best solution. That is, until the balloons lift Eyes over the junkyard fence and into the neighbor's yard. This made me wonder if we could create our own helium out of things we already have in our house.

I went to my pantry and took out the baking soda and vinegar and we started our experiment. I combined water and baking soda to create a "dough" and then added that to ice cube trays and let it set in the freezer for about 15 minutes. When you pop them out, you have little cubes of baking soda. Now it's time to create our chemical reaction and let the natural gas out!

Are helium and baking soda/vinegar the same? No! They are two different types of gases. Helium is made up of oxygen and nitrogen and baking soda /vinegar is carbon dioxide. So even though they aren't the same, they both can be used to explain natural gas. We wouldn't float like Eye did on Annedroids because carbon dioxide is much heavier. But we were able to use items we already had in our house, create a fun experiement, and empower a little guy to use all his senses!

When the frozen baking soda and vinegar combine there was a small chemical reaction, there was bubbles and fizzing. Bobby really enjoyed making the "explosions", while I enjoyed the fact that I was able to use things I already had in my house. There's no reason to go out and create more waste, using what I hand on hand was much more fun.

What have you done to Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle? During National Recycling Week, remember that you don't always have to go out and buy fancy toys and kits to show your kids science. Don't create more waste, use what you already have so that our kids will have a beautiful planet to grow up to. Show your kids that science is everywhere and you can great awesome projects with the most ordinary household items!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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