Gummy Worms Come Alive

Materials

  • 2 Glasses
  • Small dish
  • Fork
  • 4-6 Gummy worms
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Worm steps
  1. Cut each gummy worm lengthwise at least four times with a kitchen shears.
  2. In a glass mix the water and the baking soda.
  3. Add the gummy worms to the baking soda mixture and mix.
  4. Let the gummy worms sit in the baking soda mixture for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the gummy worms with a fork to a small dish.
  6. Pour the 1/2 cup of vinegar into the empty glass and begin to add the gummy worms one at a time.

To achieve more “animation,” after we cut our worms lengthwise four times, we cut a few of them into smaller sections as well. This will make some of the smaller pieces float to the top of the glass and bounce around more, adding to the effect.  The best part is, you can reuse the worms and redo the experiment a few times over if you’d like. It helps to have a strainer nearby to drain the gummy worms and then rinse them with water before starting over again. After you do this a few times, you may notice that your worms are starting to dissolve. That’s when you probably need to round up your second batch of worms and start the cutting ceremony all over again.

Honestly, the cutting was probably the most difficult part and I would suggest having an adult take care of this. If the scissors starts to get “gummy,” wash it off with soap and water before you start cutting the next worm.

Here you can see the worms in action. THEY’RE ALIVE!!

Electric Eels in motion