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This instructable teaches you how to do the simple science experiment called Elephant Toothpaste.

Step 1: Materials

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Gather the Following Ingredients:
An empty plastic bottle
1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide  WARNING: Keep peroxide off skin.
1 tablespoon of yeast
3 tablespoons warm water
Food coloring of your choice
Cup
Stirring stick
Funnel (optional)
Safety materials (goggles, gloves, etc.)

Step 2: Creating Elephant Toothpaste

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1. Hydrogen peroxide can irritate skin and eyes, so put on those safety goggles and ask an adult to carefully pour the 1/2 cup of  hydrogen peroxide into the bottle.

2. Add 8 drops of your favorite food coloring into the bottle.

3. Add about 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap into the bottle and swish the bottle around a bit to mix it.

4. In a separate small cup, combine the warm water and the yeast together and mix for about 30 seconds.

5. Now the adventure starts! Pour the yeast water mixture into the bottle (a funnel helps here) and watch the foaminess begin!

Step 3: Safety Precautions

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There are various safety precautions that should be taken before beginning this experiment:

- Use safety glasses and gloves to prevent direct contact with your skin and the peroxide which can cause severe irritation.

- It is best to have an adult pour the peroxide, but it is not entirely necessary if you have "a steady hand".

- The elephant toothpaste can make a large mess, so be sure to put the beaker or bottle in a tub for easy clean-up.

- Stay mature.  Don't mess around with any supplies or the finished product.  Don't eat the foam. 
 
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