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INFLATING THE BALLOON

Jul 23,2020

INFLATING THE BALLOON

  • We all have inflated (fancy word for filling air) many balloons for birthday parties, children’s day and many more fun occasions. Balloon is synonym for celebrations and good times, and we are sure you smart Cubs must have noticed filling the balloons with the help of an air pipe. Let’s inflate a balloon with the help of science using simple chemicals in our kitchen.

    We all have inflated (fancy word for filling air) many balloons for birthday parties, children’s day and many more fun occasions. Balloon is synonym for celebrations and good times, and we are sure you smart Cubs must have noticed filling the balloons with the help of an air pump. Let’s inflate a balloon with the help of science using simple chemicals in our kitchen.

    MATERIALS REQUIRED

    • 500ml glass bottle
    • Vinegar – 300 ml
    • Baking soda – 2 tablespoon full
    • 1 balloon
    • 1 small funnel (used in kitchen to pour something in small nozzle things)

    Note: It's always better to have an adult supervising so remeber to perform the experiment when an adult is around.

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Take the bottle and fill it half with vinegar, so if the bottle is 500ml you would need 250ml of vinegar.
    2. Take the balloon and stretch it a bit length wise, also open the mouth of it and fit the funnel in it. Once the funnel is well fitted into the mouth of the balloon pour 2 tablespoon heaped baking soda in it.
    3. Remove the funnel and you will see that all the baking soda is sitting at the bottom of the balloon.
    4. Now is the tricky part, you may want to take help of an adult. So basically, you fit the balloon on to the nozzle of the bottle keeping in mind that the baking soda doesn’t fall out in to the bottle and you are holding it tight with the other hand.
    5. Once the mouth of the balloon is snug to the bottle mouth let the baking soda fall in to the vinegar by holding the balloon upside down and tap on the top of it.
    6. Once the baking soda mixes with the vinegar you will notice that the balloon inflates on its own.

    CONCLUSION

    So, Cubs on performing the above experiment we observe that both baking soda and vinegar mixes creating an acid base reaction, eventually the two chemicals work together and creates a gas called Carbon Dioxide which rises up and inflates the balloon. I am sure you would have enjoyed this simple but fun experiment. You may also differ the quantities and see which one blows up the balloon most.