Twirling Cranberries

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Twirling Cranberries: an activity for children of all ages. In this activity, children will be able to observe and learn more about the abilities of carbon dioxide.

*This activity was adapted from an activity found on

  • Supplies:
  • Pour the soda pop into a clear cup.
  • Drop in a handful of dried cranberries.
  • Talk with your child about how this happens. Watch the following video below to learn more about the relationship between carbon dioxide and water.

  • For an older child: Consider experimenting with other items such as raisins, grapes, nuts, or chunks of banana. Do they dance and twirl like the cranberries? How long do they dance?
  • Experiment with a variety of carbonated liquids as well (7-Up, Sprite, Seltzer water). Is there a difference? What happens if you dilute some of the carbonated liquid with water?
  • Note and document findings.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.