Can you make a balloon look alive?
Science Educator Becky Wolfe and her daughter MJ show you how you can create your very own monster balloons that would make Dr. Frankenstein proud! Add a monster face to your balloon and bring it to life.
A note on safety: Use common sense when it comes to eye protection. For this experiment you should have your children stand back just to be sure the balloon doesn't pop in faces. If you're more comfortable with your kids wearing eye protection, it never hurts.
- Empty soda bottle
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Put 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar into the soda bottle.
- Hold the mouth of the balloon open and have your child pour about a teaspoon of baking soda into the balloon.
- Shake the soda into the “bulb” or the main part of the balloon.
- Stretch the mouth of the balloon over the mouth of the bottle, trying to keep the main part of the balloon off to the side (so the soda isn’t dumped into the bottle right away).
- Ask your kids what they think will happen when you mix the two things together.
- Let your child shake the soda into the bottle, all at once.
- Stand back and watch what happens!
What's going on:
This science experiment was inspired by Kitchen Pantry Scientist.