Blow It Up!

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Hi, there friends!

Summer is definitely here and the kids are out of school. This is the time when moms, dads, and caregivers look for any bit of entertainment to keep our young ones busy and engaged.

While I typically share recipes, I wanted to share with you a simple demonstration that you can do with your kids. All four of mine have loved doing this in the past. It is quick, easy, does not make a mess, and calls for common everyday household ingredients.

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In very simple scientific terms, you will be mixing a base (baking soda) with an acid (vinegar) to inflate a balloon. I have done this demonstration many times over the years and it never seems to get old. It obviously does not take too awful much to entertain me! 🙂

 

Here’s what you need and how you do it…

Blow It Up

  • Difficulty: Simple Science
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Materials:

  • 1 (16 ounce) water bottle, empty
  • 8 ounces vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 balloon
  • funnel

Procedure:

  • Pour the vinegar into the empty water bottle
  • Carefully roll the lip and neck of balloon over the end of the funnel.
  • Pour the baking soda through the funnel into the balloon, shaking to make sure it reaches the tip of the balloon.
  • Carefully place the lip and neck of the balloon over the vinegar-filled water bottle, making sure to keep the end with the baking soda from spilling into the vinegar.IMG_0967
  • Once the balloon is securely on top of the water bottle, life the tip with the baking soda in it upward to drop the baking soda into the bottle.IMG_0969
  • Watch the balloon inflate!IMG_0971

Enjoy! ❤

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