Alka-Seltzer Tag

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If you’ve got some Alka-Seltzer tablets, a drill, some string, and lots of water, you’ve got all you need for a fun, summer-time (outdoor) game.

Set-up is very easy:

  1. drill a small hole through the center of an Alka-Seltzer tablet
  2. thread a string through the hole.  Make sure the string is long enough to tie around a person’s neck so the Alka-Seltzer can be worn as a necklace. 
  3. have lots and lots and lots of water.

Then, the object of the game is to get the other person’s Alka-Seltzer wet.  As the tablet reacts to the water, it will start foaming and eventually fall off the string.  The last person with an Alka-Seltzer necklace is the winner.  As an alternative, you can divide into teams instead of every-person-for-themselves.

Once you’ve dried off, the Alka-Seltzer website has a section for science experiments for any left-over tablets.  Experiments include watching the rate of chemical reaction in different environments and (my favorite) Alka rockets.


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