"Magic Jack" Experiment

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My kids had so much fun with this simple and fun experiment, and I bet that yours will, too!

“MAGIC JACK”
"MAGIC JACK" Experiment for kids  (super fun science for Halloween!)

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MAGIC JACK EXPERIMENT

Materials
Method
  • Begin by drawing a jack-o-lantern face onto the neon orange balloon with black marker.  
  • Then, use the funnel to carefully fill the balloon with the baking soda.
"MAGIC JACK" Experiment for kids  (super fun science for Halloween!)
  • Add the vinegar to the plastic bottle, and then carefully secure the balloon to the top of the plastic bottle (ensuring that no baking soda drops in)
"MAGIC JACK" Experiment for kids  (super fun science for Halloween!)
  • When your child is ready have them lift the balloon and quickly dump the contents into the bottle.  Then, stand back and watch!
"MAGIC JACK" Experiment for kids  (super fun science for Halloween!)
  • As the baking soda and vinegar combine in the bottle they will react, causing the balloon to magically expand!  
"MAGIC JACK" Experiment for kids  (super fun science for Halloween!)
So cool, right!  My girls loved this experiment and asked to do it again and again!  
"MAGIC JACK" Experiment for kids  (super fun science for Halloween!)
We used several neon balloons so that we could make different magical jack-o-lanterns.  
"MAGIC JACK" Experiment for kids  (super fun science for Halloween!)
And my girls had an absolute blast!
The Science Behind the Experiment
Why do the baking soda and vinegar react?  
What actually causes the balloon to expand?  
To answer these questions (and more) visit this post which explains balloon-gas chemical reactions in detail.
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