February Science Project – Magic Pepper Wand

February Science Project - Magic Pepper Wand

Elyse Prestopnik, Reporter

WARNING: Make sure to do the following project with an adult for extra precaution.


To Make Magic Pepper Wand, you will need:

  • Water
  • Black Pepper
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Toothpick



  1. Cover the bottom of a plate or shallow bowl with water. 
  2. Sprinkle some black pepper against the water, adding however much you want. Watch how the pepper floats!
  3. Stick your toothpick in the center. What happened?
  4. Now stick your toothpick in the dish soap. You don’t need too much. 
  5. Stick your toothpick back into the pepper and water. What happened?


Analogy: Imagine the pepper flakes are the negativity, and the dish soap is the positivity.