What Kids Learn From This STEAM Activity
In the STEAM Activity, Baking Soda and Vinegar Balloon Experiment, kids learn about chemical reactions. They discover that when they mix baking soda and vinegar, it creates a fizzing reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas. The gas inflates the balloon, demonstrating a chemical reaction in action, showing how different substances can react to create something new. It’s a fun way for kids to explore science and understand how chemicals can change and interact.
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What We Need For This STEAM Activity
How to Do the STEAM Activity Baking Soda And Vinegar Balloon Experiment
- Add vinegar: Pour vinegar into the bottle until it’s about a third full.
- Add baking soda: Use the funnel to pour a few tablespoons of baking soda into the balloon.
- Attach the balloon: Stretch the opening of the balloon over the neck of the plastic bottle, ensuring it’s secure but not too tight.
- Observe the reaction: Hold the balloon upright so that the baking soda falls into the vinegar, and watch as the balloon inflates due to the chemical reaction.
Variations & Challenges
- Add Food Coloring: Add a few drops of food coloring to the vinegar before combining it with baking soda to create a visually exciting eruption with colorful fizz.
- Change the Ratios: Experiment with different amounts of baking soda and vinegar to observe how it affects the reaction. What happens if you use more or less of each?
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