When you mix vinegar and baking soda you create a chemical reaction. Today we are going to observe this chemical reaction in our Magic Balloon experiment.
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What you will need:
Small water or juice bottle (empty and cleaned out, the top should be small enough to stretch the open of a balloon over it.)
A (NEW) latex balloon
4 tablespoons of vinegar
2 tablespoons of baking soda
a small funnel (it is helpful for getting the baking soda into the balloon)
pens and crayons
What to do:
- First, you want to pour the vinegar into the bottle.
- Then using a small funnel, or piece of paper shaped into a cone, spoon the baking soda into the balloon.
- Holding the balloon so that the baking soda doesn’t tip into the bottle, stretch the opening of the balloon to fit over the neck of the bottle.
- Slowly straighten out the balloon and tip it upside down so that the baking soda falls into the vinegar in the bottle. Write down what happens in your journal. Why do you think that happens?
- Draw a picture of the balloon and bottle as they looked before and after the experiment.
How it works
When you mix substances like vinegar and baking soda, you cause a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction changes the original ingredients in some way. In this case, vinegar and baking soda “react” to each other and produce carbon dioxide. Although carbon dioxide is an individual gas, we can “spot” it in two stages of this experiment; First, when the baking soda is dumped into the vinegar, carbon dioxide is produced and it makes the vinegar bubble. Second, the carbon dioxide rises through the vinegar into the air where it’s caught in the balloon. The reaction should produce enough carbon dioxide to at least partially blow up the balloon.
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