Dancing Rice

Super Cool Vinegar & Baking Soda work & it’s NOT a volcano!

See what items you can find at home that will bounce/dance around in a jar


  • Large mouthed glass jar or vase
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 3 teaspoons of Baking soda
  • ¼ cup of vinegar
  • Water
  • Rice


  • Fill jar or vase almost full with water
  • Add 3 or 4 drops of food coloring and mix
  • Add vinegar
  • Add baking soda
  • Drop in rice- and watch them rise and fall!!

Try other items you may find at home like buttons, beans or pasta

Drop in just a few items at a time to give space in the jar for lots of movement

Extensions: Make a hypothesis–Will the items dance or not?
Set a timer to see how long the items dance around!