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Air Pressure Experiments incluing Egg in a Bottle

Help your kids learn about and understand air pressure by helping them understand that air is real, expresses energy, and exerts pressure with these fun, hands on air pressure experiments for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergaten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. This lesson includes fun air pressure for kids explanations including egg in a bottle project, air pressure experiments with water, or try air pressure straw experiment. Plus we’ve included the classic air pressure can crusher in this  introduction to be able to understand how airplanes fly.

Air Pressure Experiments

Kids are going to be so impressed when learning about air with these amazing Air Pressure Science Project. From blowing up a balloon with hot water to a egg in a bottle experiment and more – we have so many fun ways to learn about air pressure for kids These air pressure science experiments are perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students.

air is real science experiment for kids

Air pressure experiments with water

In this water bottle experiment air pressure you will be able to show kids that air is real. Show them an empty soda bottle and ask them what is inside – chances are they will say nothing. Now put a balloon over the top.

Set 2 liter bottle in boiling water and watch the balloon inflate. (as air is heated the molecules spread out)

If it were empty how could it inflate? Air is real – we just can’t see it!

air expresses energy science project

Air pressure can crusher

You will need an empty soda can which you put just a little water in. Now heat it on the stove until hot. Meanwhile get ready a large bowl of ice water.

Now using tongs quickly put the hot can in the very cold water. It should collapse.

As the water was brought to a boil, the can quickly filled with steam which pushed out all the air. When the steam is cooled off by the cold water, it condenses into a few drops of water, leaving a vacuum in its place. The air crushes the can as it tries to get inside.
Think of examples of air pressure in nature: wind, tornado, or even when your ears pop when the plane goes up.
air pressure and straws science experiment

Air pressure straw experiment

Pick two children to compete in this science project. They should both have a glass containing a beverage. Put a straw in each glass, but one of the straws should have holes in them. Have the children compete to see who can drink the liquid the quickest.

The child trying to drink out of the straw with holes in it will be unsuccessful. Give them a new straw to drink and then explain about air pressure and straws.
When you sip on a straw, you lower the air pressure inside the straw. As a result, the outside air pressure, which is greater, pushes down on the surface of the liquid, forcing it to move up the straw. When some of you sipped on the straw with the holes, however, the air pressure was pulled directly inside via the holes. The pressure did not exert itself on the water, so the water did not rise up your straw.
egg in a bottle science experiment

Egg in a bottle

For this egg in a bottle experiment explain that just like water contracts when frozen or expands when heated, air does as well. Demonstrate this by giving everyone a bottle with an opening that is too small for the hard boiled egg to fit through.
Have an adult light a fire on a rolled up piece of paper and quickly drop it in the bottle. When the flame has gone out quickly set the egg on top of the bottle – watch as the egg is sucked into the bottle.
When the fire goes out it cools off and shrinks, or contracts. As it contracts, it leaves a partial vacuum inside. The outside air that was pushed out earlier then pushes the egg into the bottle as it tries to get back inside.
egg in a bottle in reverse science project for kids

Egg in a Bottle Science Experiment

Now reverse the experiment. Place the bottle in a bowl of very hot water. The air expands and needs somewhere to go so it will push the egg out to have more room.

Here you can see our Egg in a Bottle Science Experiment in reverse!


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Make teaching kids about weather fun and EASY with this free weather unit. These Weather Worksheets help kids explore a variety of weather topics as well as some weather themed worksheet for early math and literacy too. Use these free weather printables as preschool, 1st grade, 2nd, grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and kindergarten weather worksheets. Simply print pdf file with weather worksheets for kids and you are ready to learn! air-presssure-science-projects-for-kids We made a Lego Water Cycle to help kids visualize what we learned. We’ve made other water cycle crafts and my kids all loved them, but turning it into a lego activity for kids may have taken the cake! You've got to try this water cycle model that is fun AND educational too! This is a fun water cycle project for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too.

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floating egg experimentSpring Activity for Toddlers Have you heard of the egg drop challenge? My daughter has been begging to do it for months. I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner. Well, I do. I thought it was going to make a giant mess that I would end up cleaning up but I was totally wrong. It was basically no mess at all. I will even say this Egg Drop Challenge was so much fun! Try this egg drop project with preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students for a fun, hands-on science project for kids. Kids are going to love this crazy cool bouncy egg experimert! Children will be amazed by this egg experiment where they will literally dissolve the shell of a raw egg to create a bouncy egg. This bouncy egg vinegar project is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students. Plus our version of this egg in vinegar experiment has a fun, colorful twist!

Egg Experiments

100 Amazing Food Experiments for Kids - so many clever edible science projects for kids of all ages to explore chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science! #scienceexperiment #scienceproject #kidsactivities Why do leaves Change Colors 

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Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:

This amazing color changing slime is going to blow your mind! This heat sensitive slime will actually change color as your kids touch it because it is heat sensitive! This is a super cool project for kids you MUST TRY! Must try summer activity for kids to add to their summer bucket list  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break! dying flowers science experiment

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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