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Microwave Magic

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Expansion (ex-pan-shun): The action of becoming larger.


Happy New Year, everyone!


If you're like me, you're probably looking forward to a new year, full of possibility. The holidays were fun filled days spent celebrating with family and friends. Lots of wonderful, new memories were created.


My decorations are down, and my house has become quiet once again. I'm looking for something to liven things up a bit!


How does safely creating an explosion in your very own kitchen sound?! With just a few simple supplies, you'll be ready to go.



You'll need:

  • A paper plate

  • A bar of Ivory soap

  • A microwave

  • Food coloring (optional)


How it's done:

  1. Unwrap the bar of Ivory soap.

  2. Place it on the paper plate.

  3. Microwave it for 60 seconds, and enjoy the show!

Be sure to let your exploded soap cool down a bit before handling it. I recommend waiting a minute. If you'd like, you can create little soap balls from the fluff. If you're feeling really adventurous, add a drop of food coloring to create rainbow soap!


So. . .what exactly happened to make your soap explode? Ivory soap is known for being pretty lightweight. It even floats! When you microwave it, the air trapped inside of the soap bar heats up and expands. There is also water inside the bar of soap, and when water is heated, it turns into steam!


As the air expands and the water becomes steam, they work together to push on the remaining ingredients. Voilà! Your small bar of soap is transformed into a big, fluffy blob of fun! AND it can still be used to wash up!


Stay kind. . .

Gram

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