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Blow Up Balloon Experiments for the Mad Scientist Youngster
Yep. It’s that time of year again. New backpacks, new shoes, #2 pencils, those great ‘nova-smelling’ 10¢ notebooks and oh yeah----homework. Sure, as a parent you realize that homework is good for your child but even as you profess the advantages of dedication and a liberal education there is also a part of you that empathizes with the bad-tempered, grumpy complaints that will surely emanate from your child’s bedroom every time he or she contemplates the completion of another boring assignment. As a parent however, you can easily remind your child that learning really can be enjoyable and maybe even a little crazy. You might even help your child polish off a few science assignments without any ‘foreseeable’ pain.
Try the following blow up balloon experiments with your child and his or her laughter will outweigh any ‘homework tears’.
The Fireproof Big Balloon Experiment
For this experiment you will need:
Blow up the first balloon until the balloon is semi-transparent. Place 1/4 -1/2 cup water in the second balloon and blow it up until it is the same size as the first balloon. With your assistance, allow your child to light a match and place it under the first balloon. This ‘blow up balloon’ should explode almost immediately as the rubber begins to absorb the heat making it difficult for the rubber’s changing properties to resist the air pressure from the inside of the balloon. Next, allow the child to light another match under the second balloon (two matches may be required if the balloon is a large one). This balloon should not explode, as the water inside of the balloon absorbs most of the heat and allows the rubber to maintain its quintessential properties as container for the water and air that is inside the balloon.
Note: This blow up balloon experiment is a great lead-in for discussing the properties of water.
The Vinegar and Baking Soda Blow Up Balloon Experiment
Everybody knows about the vinegar/baking soda blow up balloon experiment but this experiment is always a thrill for the child who hasn’t seen it yet. For this experiment you will need the following items:
For this blow up balloon experiment, allow the child to pour one inch of vinegar and one inch of water into the bottle. Then, allow the child to use the funnel to fill the balloon half full of baking soda. (If the balloon you are using is a big balloon, you might want to use less baking soda or find a larger glass bottle). Then, allow the child to attach the mouth of the balloon over the bottle aperture and show him or her how to let the balloon hang to the side of the bottle so that no baking soda enters the bottle and makes contact with the vinegar and water mixture. Finally, allow the child to lift the balloon up, causing the baking soda to fall into the bottle, making contact with the vinegar/water mixture. Then, watch as your child is amazed as the reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda makes a blow up balloon!
Note: This experiment is also a great idea for a science experiment birthday party. Allow the children at the party to go from one experiment to another or create experiment relays. Just make sure to bring aprons!
About the Author:
About the Author: Marci Crane is a web content specialist for 10x Marketing in Orem, Utah. For more information in regards to blow up balloon products, latex balloon products or big balloon products, please feel free to contact Zurchers.com.