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Fun Science Projects for Kids

Virtual Vomit

Virtual vomit looks real enough to gross out just about anybody.
Virtual vomit looks real enough to gross out just about anybody.
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Guaranteed to gross out just about anyone, here's a project that uses things you can find in the kitchen cupboard to make ultra-icky virtual vomit.

Virtual vomit looks very realistic -- that's what makes it fun to use as a joke -- but be careful where you place it; your virtual vomit could stain cloth or wood surfaces. And it's best not to set it in a warm place -- one of the ingredients is gelatin, which may melt if it is warmed, making a huge mess.


Make sure you have an adult nearby (this project requires working with the stove), and then get ready ... get set ... get gross.

What You'll Need:

  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Oatmeal
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Applesauce
  • 1 packet gelatin
  • Powdered cocoa
  • Breakfast cereal flakes
  • Nonstick frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plastic spatula

Step 1: Place 1 teaspoon oatmeal and 2 tablespoons water into a saucepan. Turn heat on low. Heat for 2 minutes.

Step 2: Stir 1/3 cup applesauce into the saucepan. Add gelatin, 1/3 teaspoon powdered cocoa, and about 10 broken cereal flakes.

Step 3: Stir a few times, but it is best to have the mixture be a bit lumpy. Turn off the heat, and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Pour the mixture into a nonstick frying pan. With a wooden spoon, shape it into the desired vomit shape. Let it cool completely.

Step 4: Use the plastic spatula to lift the virtual vomit out of the pan, and place it on a plastic table, counter top, or concrete sidewalk where it will gross out somebody. Watch people's reactions as they see this super-icky solution.

What Happened?

The water in the applesauce and the water you added dissolved the powdered gelatin. The solution was created with the addition of the heat. When the heat was removed, the solution cooled and the gelatin formed into a solid. Now that is gross!

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