Science fans: this wild unity ceremony is straight up your alley. We love a good science-y unity ceremony, like this Prince Rupert's Drop ceremony and this chemical reaction ceremony. We recently stumbled on a new one with an awesome name that we had to share: the elephant toothpaste ceremony!
When you combine a few ingredients, a chemical reaction is made that produces a substance that looks like toothpaste an elephant might use. The symbolism is that you combine two separate elements to form a new, awesome reaction (aka your partnership!). There are a few ways to do it, but we chose the safest method that is safer on hands.
Elephant toothpaste ceremony materials:
- empty 20-oz bottle (or container of your choosing)
- 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
- packet of active yeast
- liquid dishwashing detergent
- warm water
- food coloring
Pour 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide solution, 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid, and a few drops of food coloring into the bottle. Shake the bottle around to mix the ingredients. Warning: this will foam up pretty high, so protect any areas you want protected.
In a separate container, mix a packet of active yeast with a little warm water and a few drops of a second food coloring. I'd recommend a non-complementary color so that it doesn't just form a brown. Think more in terms of creating a new color. Think blue + yellow = green or red + blue = purple. Give the yeast about five minutes to activate.
When you are ready to perform your unity ceremony, combine the two components into one container and watch the magic happen! Here's a video of the concept:
After the unity ceremony is over, the solution can safely be poured down the drain with water.