Jul 182014

Welcome to Camp Grandma’s Gassy Balloon Show, brought to you by my Science Guy Grandsons.  Nearby is Copper, our sulking grand-dog, since this project didn’t include snacks.
Camp Grandma Science Project Camp Grandma Science Project 1 Camp Grandma Science Project 3
Camp Grandma Science Project 2 Supplies needed:
Plastic Water Bottle
Baking Soda
Food Coloring (optional)

1). Pour 1/4 cup of Vinegar into an empty plastic Water Bottle.

2). Insert a Funnel into the Balloon.

3). Pour 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda into the Balloon through the Funnel.

4). Remove the Funnel and carefully attach Balloon to the Water Bottle without letting any Baking Soda spill into the bottle.

5). Lift the Balloon up so the Baking Soda falls into the Bottle.

Now the fun begins!  Watch the balloon inflate.

My Science Guy’s project is a success.  The Vinegar and Baking Soda react when mixed and produce Carbon Dioxide gas.

This bubbling gas causes the balloon to inflate.

After the bubbling action stopped and the balloon deflated, the Science Guy’s were ready to add a few drops of food coloring to a fresh mixture.

This made for some interesting green bubbles that re-inflated the balloon.

How many times did my Science Guys try this project?

Hint: A quart of vinegar makes for a fun afternoon.

Isn’t science a gas?

My thanks to Life Is Peachy for this great science project idea.

  47 Responses to “Gassy Balloon Science Show”

  1. What a great, fun idea! Thanks for sharing.

    • The kids had the giggles when the balloons got so large from the gasses. Hope you have someone in the family to try this with.

  2. Oh my gosh you guys did fantastic!! Thank you for sharing them with us, Neva. I remember doing stuff like this is Science class…it was soooo much fun! And a BIG hello from us to Copper!! 🙂

    • Copper loves people as much as he loves treats. He was ready to sleep through this science project since food wasn’t involved.

  3. Sure looks like they had fun!! This would make a great family night project.

  4. Mine isn’t old enough yet… Perhaps I could try this out myself lol

    • We’re never too old to try fun things that should only be for kids. Never lose the kid curiosity to try crazy and fun things.

  5. Wow, what a great way to get the kids interested in science. Great fun!

    • I have an ongoing passion to keep the grandkids interested in creating things and not using electronic games. It’s a tough battle, but worth it.

  6. I love the post title! Looks like Camp Grandma is the best camp around 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the cute comment. I do want my Camp Grandma time with my grandkids to do the best time spent for them

  7. How fun! This is a great and inexpensive way to have fun with the kids and have them learn in the process!

    • Yes, I have found so many uses for vinegar that I wasn’t aware of. This and baking soda is a very cheap activity to share with kids.

    • This is one of those ways to get out the household items and entertain the kids. Yes, it’s great to have the kids be curious about science.

  8. Aw! How fun 🙂 It looks like the kiddos really enjoyed it! This makes me wish I were nannying again this summer so I’d have someone to do this with!

  9. Sounds like a great experience for the kiddos.

    • The kid in us always has fun no matter the cost of the project. This kid activity is using household items.

  10. What a fun way to get and keep kids interested in science. I want to try that too 🙂

    • Science projects for kids brings out the kid in all of us. Hope you get the chance to be a kid again with this project.

  11. This is one of my favorite science experiments! 😀

    • This is a simple and cheap craft that can be done over many times for the fun of it. Using different colors takes it to another level.

  12. This looks like boatloads (or should I say BALLOON Loads?!) of fun?! Will definitely remember this next time I am hanging out with little kiddos!;-)

    • It is fun sharing crafts with the kiddos any time. It’s a whole new way of looking at things we take for granted like vinegar and baking soda.

  13. Oh, how cool!! I am going to have to try this one!

  14. Aww, Neva you are the greatest Grandma! What a fun project (when I have grandkids I’m going to come to you for sources and resources with regard to projects!) and I love that it worked so well. The look on the childrens’ faces is priceless 🙂

    • Thanks, Johanna and perhaps you can rent a kid or just be a kid and try this project. Let’s face it, we are never to old to try science projects too.

  15. Looks like a good rainy day activity for us!

  16. My 4 year old son would love this! Cant wait to try it. Thanks for the awesome idea!
    Goofball Mommy

    • I’m sure your son will have as much fun with this craft as my grandsons did. It’s so inexpensive that he can play all day with it.

  17. How fun! I love science experiments!

  18. I love how simple and inexpensive this is to put together! It is always so nice to see little ones having fun while learning at the same time!

    • You are so very correct that it’s a thrill to see children learning while giggling. The grandchildren aren’t having as much fun as I am watching them.

  19. How fun Neva! I want to come to Camp Grandma! 😉

  20. We should do this, this coming week!

    • The kids need to be shown that simple things around the house have the potential for fun and knowledge about making their own entertainment.

  21. This looks like so much fun!

    • Camp Grandma is all about having fun and these balloons were neat to watch. Science is about learning and if it doesn’t require batteries, it’s even better.

  22. Homemade science experiments are always a blast, even if they don’t understand the science behind it, it’s still fun to see the principles in action.

    • The grandkids really did have a blast doing this project. They love anything that they can re-do many times and this project costs only pennies.

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