Effortless Balloon Inflation

Contributor: Kaitlyn Zimmerman. Lesson ID: 12485

Blowing up balloons can be hard! You have to stretch them and stick them in your mouth, and you get all dizzy. . . There must be an easier way. . . How about we let Dr. Jo and science do the work?


Chemistry, Physical Science

learning style
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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He huffed, and he puffed, and he blew REALLY hard into his balloon!

  • Has this ever happened to you?

For some people, it is really easy to blow up a balloon; but for others, it can be a very difficult task.

  • What if you could blow up a balloon with almost no effort at all, without even becoming breathless?
  • Do you think that's impossible?

Find out!

You know matter changes from one phase to another through melting and freezing processes.

These types of changes are called physical changes.

  • Did you know that sometimes you can mix two different phases of matter and produce a third through a process called chemical change?

Watch Dr. Jo mix a solid and liquid to do something almost unbelievable!

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  • Who knew a gas could be created by mixing baking soda and vinegar?

You no longer have to worry about becoming breathless the next time you blow up a balloon! Mix some baking soda with vinegar to create carbon dioxide, and voila! You have a new way of blowing up balloons!

Move to the Got It? section for some elephant-size fun!

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