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