The goal of this experiment is to help children visualize the effects of humility and arrogance in our lives. Additionally, it teaches why having humility is important for learning and how arrogance can get in the way of this.
In the end, children will see how arrogance can literally make us overflow with pride.
Arrogance was one of the first sins known to humankind. Allah SWT commanded Shaytan to bow down to Adam (A.S) but Shaytan did not have enough humility to listen. He thought he was better than Adam (A.S)
Being humble can make it easier to achieve greater opportunities in life while improving kids growth mindset.
Also, when a person has a growth mindset they can take in constructive criticism, listen to advice, and see their mistakes as learning opportunities. Therefore, fostering a growth mindset is one way we can help children learn how to be humble.
So how can we guide children to be humbled and see life experiences as learning opportunities?
Using the classic combination of baking soda and vinegar, your child will learn the effects of arrogance on their brains. In this experiment, we will explore what happens when we have humility and then add arrogance to the mix.
This activity is a prelude to the story, “Know-It-All Asad,” in our newest Islamic kids book, Not So Smarty Pants.
This Islamic activity is suitable for 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 year olds.
This Islamic activity should take roughly 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to perform.
- 2 clear plastic cups
- 2 medium sized bowls
- ½ cup of vinegar in a small container
- Small dish
- 1-3 teaspoons of baking soda in a small container
- Labels (or small papers and tape)
- Optional – blue food coloring for the water
Part One - Watch Introduction Video (5 minutes)
Part Two - Prepare and Perform Experiment (25 Minutes)
1. Label one cup Person with Humility and another cup Person with Arrogance. Explain that one cup will represent a person with humility the other a person who is arrogant.
2. Next, place both cups inside a bowl to catch spills.
3. Explain to your child that the cups represent our bodies, the bowls represent our brains, the vinegar represents arrogance, the baking soda represents humility and the water represents knowledge. Additionally, be sure to label all ingredients, cups, and bowls as needed.
- Cups = Bodies
- Bowls – Brains
- Vinegar = Arrogance
- Baking soda = Humility
- Water = Knowledge
4. Pour the same amount of water (knowledge) and food coloring into both cups.
5. Next, pour the same amount of baking soda (humility) into each cup.
Ask: What do you think will happen if we poor this vinegar (arrogance) into this cup? Answers may vary
6. Finally, pour the vinegar (arrogance) only into the cup labeled Person with Arrogance. Observe the reaction.
7. Point out to your child that the Person with Arrogance cup overflowed and there is now less water (knowledge) left in the cup.
Say: “When arrogance is added, people become too boastful and do not give any more room to grow in knowledge. They begin to overflow with pride. This means they have less valuable knowledge (water) to put into their brains (bowl).”
8. Observe with your child that the Person with Humility still has all their knowledge (water).
Say: “The person with humility will always have more chance to learn. You can empty their full cup of knowledge into the bowl (brain).”
9. Have child pour the water from the Person of Humility into its bowl (brain).
10. Have child pour the water from the Person of Arrogance cup into its bowl (brain).
Note: The child can repeat this experiment many times and compare the amount of water (knowledge) in each bowl (brain).
Part Three - Summary and Results
1. Reread the Noor Kids book Not So Smarty Pants.
Ask your child questions like, “What happens when we become arrogant?”
Say: “When we are too arrogant we overflow with pride just like when we mixed the baking soda and vinegar.”
Ask: “How can we show more humility in life?”
Say: “By opening our brains to new ideas and advice on how to get better we can be more humble in front of Allah.”
2. Take a short video of your experiment and send it to Noor Kids using the button below.
How did the activity go for you? Share your thoughts below in the comments!