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Dancing Raisins Chemical Experiment

Get ready to WOW with this EASY science experiments for kids that will make raisins dance! This dancing raisins experiment will not only enterntain, but teach your kids about chemical reactions between baking soda and vinegar. This Preschool Science Experiment is perfect for toddler, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. SO try this baking soda and vinegar experiments and have some science fun today!

Get ready to WOW with this EASY science experiments for kids that will make raisins dance! This dancing raisins experiment will not only enterntain, but teach your kids about chemical reactions between baking soda and vinegar. This Preschool Science Experiment is perfect for toddler, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. SO try this baking soda and vinegar experiments and have some science fun today!

Dancing Raisins Experiment

This dancing raisins experiment is always a huge success because it is easy to try, teaches, and leaves a lasting impression. Try this science activities for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students to teach about the baking soda and vinegar reaction. There are LOTS of baking soda vinegar experiment ideas from blowing up balloons to volcanos, our dancing raisins, and more. So try several and help kids really understand while having fun because science is so much fun! If you understand the underlying principles, everyday items can be made to behave in strange and unusual ways.

Baking soda and vinegar reaction explanation

This Dancing Raisins Science Experiment uses the same chemical reaction behind the well-known homemade volcano project and the self-inflating balloon experiment. When vinegar (an acid) reacts with baking soda (a base) one of the products of the chemical reaction is carbon dioxide, a gas. In the volcano, the gas creates a bubbly solution which comes oozing out of the volcano. For the balloon experiment, the gas fills up the balloon. This dancing raisins science experiment has a more subtle effect, but still impressive.

Basically, by adding baking soda and vinegar to another liquid, like water, the liquid becomes filled with many bubbles which rise to the surface and pop. If a light object is placed inside the liquid, such as raisins or peanuts, the bubbles stick to the surface of the light objects, increasing their buoyancy, and causing them to rise to the surface with the bubbles. When the bubbles pop at the surface of the liquid, the objects, which on their own are more dense than the liquid, then fall back to the bottom. On the way down and while sitting on the bottom, they collect more bubbles, causing the process to repeat for several minutes. Eventually, either enough of the reactants will be used up to stop the process or enough air bubbles will get trapped inside the raisins to make them remain floating on the surface.

baking soda science experiment

Raisin chemical

All you need are a few simple supplies to try this chemical reaction experiment that usese baking soda and vinegar to create a truly memorable, WOW experiment for kids!

Materials

  • A clear drinking glass half-filled with water
  • About 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • Enough vinegar to fill the remainder of the glass
  • 3 raisins, cut or ripped in half
  • A spoon

but baking soda into the water in a glass

EASY Science Experiments for kids

First, use your spoon to place about a tablespoon of baking soda into the glass half-filled with water. The exact amount is not important.

stir to dissolve

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Stir the baking soda until it is dissolved in the water.

pluck raisins in the mixture

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Drop the 6 raisin halves into the glass.

pour vinegar in the glass

Baking soda and vinegar experiments

Next, pour some vinegar into the glass until it is about 3/4 full.

gently shake the jar to begin the chemical reaction

Baking soda and vinegar reaction

You may need to jostle the raisins a bit with your spoon to get them going. If this doesn’t work, try adding a little more vinegar. If this still doesn’t work, try cutting the raisins into smaller pieces to make them even lighter.

Dancing Raisins Science Experiment

Watch in amazement as your raisins slowly rise to the surface, then fall back down, over and over again.

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Food science experiments for kids

Use items commonly in your kitchen to try these food experiments for kids, but note they are NOT all edible!

Have you ever tried making a Rainbow in a Jar project? If you haven't tried this classic density experiment, I'm going to show you how easy it is to make with a few common household items! This rainbow science experiment is so pretty and will amaze your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Try this rainbow experiment as part of a weather theme, St Patricks Day activity, a rainbow theme or a spring activity for kids.  Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Candy science is a fantastic way to demonstrate scientific principles using something kids love, candy! With these simple Colorful Candy Science Experiments, the biggest challenge is not eating all of your science supplies. These easy science projects are perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

A to Z watermelon slime Count to 20 Fruit Clip Cards Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos!

Fruit Activities for Kids

Looking for more fruit printable activities? You may want to check these out:

Enjoy the sweet smell of summer strawberries with this scented playdough recipe no cook! This no cook playdough recipe takes 5 minutes to make and provides hours and hours of fun sensory play. Toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders will love that is strawberry playdough is pretty red, smells like strawberries, and is fun to play with. This Jello playdough recipe is great for quick summer activities for preschoolers that also help strengthen hand muscles. tomato battery fruit science lowercase letters vegetable and fruit printables

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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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