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Make a Fire Snake

Active Time
< 10 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemical reactions

Introduction

With a few simple ingredients, you can create a "fire snake" that appears to grow out of nowhere in this fun experiment! Although it looks magical, no magic is involved—it is all because of a chemical reaction. Try it to find out how it works!

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Sand
  • Baking soda
  • Sugar
  • Small ceramic plate or bowl
  • Small cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Lighter fluid
  • Long lighter or matches
  • Adult supervision
  • Bucket of water or hose
    Materials required for fire snake experiment.

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Active Time
< 10 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemical reactions