Science is where my heart is, so when the girls get inspired to learn more or do more, yes, that! A reaction between an acid and base is a something you can easily do at home.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take a long time and they have a lot of fun! The reaction between acids and bases is such a simple and fun one. AND it’s one that kids can easily visualize as there is a big reaction.
Acids + Bases
But, my oldest wanted to improve on it. You see, in one video we watched, they use lemon juice and have to move very quickly to get the balloon on the bottle once the lemon juice is added to the baking soda. And, their balloon barely blows up.
She wanted more!
So, of course, we had to try it her way, and it was a huge success.
Acids and Bases
With a simple combination of acid (in this case vinegar) and base (baking soda), you will create a gas as your product of the reaction.
What will you need
Empty bottle with a small mouth opening
Mess-free acids and bases for kids
Take an empty water or soda bottle and pour some vinegar into it.
Take an empty balloon and add baking soda to it.
Once you are ready, set up the water bottle with vinegar and place the balloon on the top, careful not to yet dump the baking soda into the vinegar.
Give an fun countdown (3….2…1) and pour the baking soda end of the balloon into the bottle, and your reaction will start happening.
Check out the video to see how we did it and what it looked like on our very first run through!
I’ll give you a hint, it’s just just about the “ingredients!”