Pepper, Water and Dish Soap

This is a fun easy experiment to demonstrate the properties of surface tension.


  • a plate
  • pepper
  • dish soap
  • a toothpick or knife or fork or finger
  • water


  • add water to a plate
  • sprinkle pepper on the water
  • dip the toothpick into some dishsoap
  • touch the toothpick to the middle of the pepper water


  • What did you observe?
  • Can you explain what is happening?
  • Why does the pepper move so fast?




There are a variety of similar experiments you can conduct…

Surface Tension and Jumping Pepper – Video

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