“Giraffes Can’t Dance” Dancing Giraffe Experiment

3 colorful giraffes floating at different levels in a tall glass with clear liquid with "Giraffes Can't Dance" book next to it

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A Believe in Yourself Book & a Dancing Giraffe Experiment!

After reading Giles Andreae’s “Giraffes Can’t Dance” we decided to see if we could make giraffes dance? We had just recently bought these adorable little giraffes and knew we had to try, just like Gerald! Do you think it worked? I can’t wait to show you our results, let’s get started…

Summary of “Giraffes Can’t Dance”

Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees is a believe in yourself book about a giraffe named Gerald, who is different from the other animals because he can’t dance (or so everybody thinks). He is made fun of because of it and begins to believe the others, starting to feel sorry for himself.

That is, until a cricket shares some words of wisdom, “Sometimes when you’re different you just need a different song”. The text of the story has a melodic rhythm to it, just like a song, and it rhymes from the beginning to its sweet ending. This is a great story to read if you’re looking for a Growth Mindset outlook that teaches you to believe in yourself.

How We Did a Dancing Giraffe Experiment…

tall glass vase with giraffes dancing in bubbles with "Giraffes Can't Dance" book opened to a picture of Gerald dancing behind it.

This bookish play was adapted from a classic science experiment kids often do in school, called “The Dancing Raisin Experiment”. Instead of raisins cut in half; we used Giraffes! Because they are super lightweight; we were able to get three of them to dance at one time! A glass is typically used, but we decided to use a tall glass vase we found in the dollar store instead. Don’t you just love the dollar store? 🙂

There are at least two different ways of doing this experiment, after searching Pinterest, I realized using soda tends to be a more popular option. I’m guessing its because it involves less materials. But in my opinion, that takes out a lot of the learning, and ya know, “experimenting”. So we used the recipe that calls for baking soda, vinegar & water found here on 123Homeschool4me.com. However we modified it a bit.

an orange, purple & yellow giraffe floating on top of clear liquid in a glass

My daughter measured the baking soda and water and poured both into the glass vase. She stirred it with a chopstick (longest tool she could find that would reach the bottom… problem solving! 😉 ) until the baking soda was completely dissolved. Next, she measured the vinegar and poured that in SLOWLY! It only fizzed a bit and we thought we could pour a little faster but we quickly realized it will overflow with fizz. 😮

Did it Work?

an orange, yellow & purple giraffe upside down on the bottom of a glass of clear bubbly liquid

At that point we added our giraffes, one by one and watched them sink to the bottom. This experiment takes patience. We excitedly waited to see what would happen. The bubbles began to stick to the giraffes from head to toe, then lifted them up to the top. The tiny bubbles that lifted them would pop and the giraffe would float down to the bottom again, waiting for its next bubble ride.

colorful giraffes dancing in a tall glass with the book end giraffe art behind it

Sometimes the giraffes hung out on the top or bottom for a while. We tried all sorts of things, adding more giraffes, less giraffes, more baking soda, more water, more vinegar, etc… Each time waiting, watching, talking about our hypotheses and whether we were correct or not. You can watch it in action by viewing our “Story Highlights” on Instagram or you can view the post here. It was fascinating watching the little colorful giraffes dance around and bring Gerald (the giraffe in the story) to life!

I would definitely suggest conducting a Dancing Giraffe Experiment if you’re looking for a fun & educational activity to connect with your child.

Materials We Used

  1. “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae (from the library or buy it here)
  2. Glass vase
  3. Baking soda
  4. Water
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Chopstick (for stirring)
  7. Vinegar
  8. Giraffes
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How to Conduct a Dancing Giraffe Experiment?

  1. Measure & pour 2 Tbsp (tablespoons) of baking soda into the glass.
  2. Measure & pour 2 cups of water into the glass.
  3. Stir with a chopstick (or long spoon) until baking soda is completely dissolved.
  4. SLOWLY pour some vinegar into the glass.
  5. Add up to three giraffes into the glass.
  6. Wait & watch the bubbles make the giraffes dance.
  7. Feel free to experiment, try more vinegar (SLOWLY), more baking soda, etc…
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