Activity For Kids:

Jumping corn science activity for kids

Some of our favorite activities are simple activities using only a few common household items, and activities that involves a baking soda and vinegar reaction.

This activity is all those things. Kids will love seeing the popcorn jump up and down.

This activity is inspired by ideas from Jumping corn science activity for kids.

This activity is great to teach your kids:

Cognitive activities is educational play and is vital for your toddler's cognitive development – that is, your child's ability to think, understand, communicate, make memories, imagine and work out what might happen next.

Colour recognition activities helps children get to know the different colors and color blending and matching.

Science experiments are fun to do for kids and also teaches them a lot of skills such as interacting with the world around them and understanding how things work.

Sensory play is play that involves all the senses - taste, sound, sight, touch and smell. Sensory play is very beneficial to children. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play is also very relaxing and rejuvenating to children.

Step 1

Gather all the supplies.


  • A clear glass container

  • Handfull of popcorn kernels (unpopped)

  • 3 cups of water

  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda

  • 6 tablespoons vinegar

  • Food colouring

Step 2

Add the water and food coloring to a clear glass jar

Step 3

Add the baking soda and stir

Step 4

Add the popcorn kernels

Step 5

Add the vinegar and see how the popcorn jumps

We didn’t have popcorn kernels when we tried this experiment. But we did have chia seeds. While it made a lot of mess, it was fun to do the experiment and see the chia seeds dance around. I’ve read somewhere that you can use cut up raisins or even peanuts to do this experiment if you don’t have popcorn kernels.

It’s so much fun to watch (mesmerizing would be the best word to describe it) and it creates a great opportunity to talk about gases, liquids, and solids with your child.