Small Wonders for the (Thanksgiving) Weekend: Beautiful, Bounteous Blobs

If you have vegetable oil, water, food coloring, and a few Alka-Seltzer tablets lying around, and time to sit and gaze at a small and wondrous world, this one’s for you. A good activity for Buy Nothing Day!

You will need (in this order):
-a jar or bottle
-food coloring
-vegetable oil
-Alka-Seltzer tablets

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Pour some water in the bottom of the jar, forming a layer 1 to 2 inches deep. Add food coloring. Next add oil, making a layer 3 to 4 inches deep that will rest on top of the water (density at work!). When everything has settled, break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into pieces and add, one at a time, to the mix.

You can store this mixture with the top on and reactivate it any time by adding more Alka-Selter tablets.  What makes it work?  Here are some hints:  intermolecular polarity, density, and gas.

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