Easy and simple balloon science experiments for preschoolers and young learners that you can easily conduct at home using everyday materials.
Balloon science experiments are easy and simple- perfect for little minds. In this post, I plan to add all experiments with balloons that we’ll do at home.
This week we tried this:
It is an easy science experiment for preschoolers and little learners at home (also makes a perfect experiment for a school science fair projects!)
Let me walk you through the step by step explanation.
Vinegar And Baking Soda Balloon Experiment
- A balloon
- An empty bottle
- Vinegar (any kind) around half cup
- Baking soda 2 teaspoons
- Gather your balloon science experiment supplies (empty bottle, ballon, vinegar, and soda.)
- Pour half a cup of vinegar into the empty bottle
- Take the balloon and pour 2 teaspoons baking soda into it using a spoon or a funnel
- Put the mouth of this balloon onto the opening of the bottle, making sure it does not spring off when the balloon stretches. The balloon is now fixed on the head of your bottle.
- Now pick the balloon up into a vertical position from its droop so that all the baking soda inside it pours out into the bottle.
- Watch the fizzy reaction take place as the balloon inflates and blows up into a good size.
- Take the balloon off carefully so the gas doesn’t escape and tie a knot at its open end. Your self-inflated balloon is ready for play.
What happens when you mix vinegar and baking soda in a balloon?
Baking Soda And Vinegar Experiment Explanation For The Curious Minds
You can ask your young learner to ask you a question about this experiment or you can ask one yourself?
Here are a few examples:
Can vinegar and baking soda inflate a balloon?
Yes. We can inflate a balloon without using our hands using the chemical reaction explained in this experiment.
Why does baking soda and vinegar inflate a balloon?
The vinegar is an acid and the baking soda is a base, when acid and base combine, they go through a chemical reaction and give off carbon dioxide gas. When the soda from the balloon fell into the vinegar in the bottle, a chemical reaction happened, you could see fizz created. The CO2 gas came out of the liquid and needed more space so it stretched the balloon to make space for itself.
Here’s another one?
Can vinegar and baking soda make a balloon float?
No, the gas created in this experiment is carbon dioxide. It is heavier than air so when you drop the balloon, it will come down. Helium gas, on the other hand, can make a balloon float because it is lighter than air.
I hope you’re going to try this simple balloon science experiment with your kids at home. You can make it as easy as possible or make it difficult depending on your child’s level.
Do come back for more ballon science experiments that we’ll conduct in this post next week. (Save this post for later!)