Mama Diaries

Friday, February 7, 2014

Carbon Dioxide Balloons

Last night, when I was playing Frisbee with my son, I noticed a red balloon on the ground under one of the bushes.  I figured my kids had something to do with it being there.

"Dude," I said.  "Why is there a balloon under the bush?"

"We did an experiment, Mama."

"An experiment?"  I couldn't wait to hear about this one.

"Yeah.  We made carbon dioxide balloons and released them into the wild."

I raised my eyebrows.  "Is that so?"

He nodded. "Do you want to see how?"

"Sure," I said.  We went inside. He took a pop bottle, filled it with water, then added baking soda and vinegar.  He quickly attached the balloon to the bottle.  What happened next, was that the balloon expanded.  He took it off the bottle, keeping the neck of the balloon closed so the air wouldn't escape.  Then he marched outside and released it.  The balloon zoomed through the air and landed under another bush.

"Very nice," I said.  "Now you can march around the house and clean up all the balloons you have released into the wild!"

(If you'd like to do the experiment, you can find the instructions here.)



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32 comments:

  1. A budding Einstein? or the Science Guy?

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  2. Just don't let him near a roll of Mentos.

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    1. Been there, done that. It was quite an impressive explosion!

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  3. Hilarious. Your son sounds like quite a character!

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  4. Oh wow - sounds like me when I was a little boy LOL

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  5. Lots of fun! :) Have a terrific weekend.

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  6. I can picture Bubba in a lab coat with a lot of pens sticking out of his pocket. Chemist? Physicist?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Right now, he's on the mad chemist rampage. A geologist, meteorologist or biologist are not out of the question, though.

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  7. Your son seems to have the most fun!

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  8. haha making the balloon mess would be fun

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    1. Yeah, as long as Schultz doesn't come around and eat the balloons.

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  9. how did Schultz behave under the balloon fire?

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    1. Schultz wasn't around. I'm sure he would've tried eating them.

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  10. I'm with Alex...no Mentos and Diet Coke. Bubba's a smart cookie.

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    1. Bubba and his dad already had an impressive Mentos - Coke explosion. My son is a chip off the old block!

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  11. This makes a change from blowing! My dog doesn't like balloons - she'd freak out, so I'll give it a miss - sounds fun, though.
    I'll have to remember to promote Alex's book.

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    1. Maybe I'll use this technique next time I have to blow up a lot of party balloons!

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  12. Bubba has so many careers he can pursue! Now he can add scientist to the list! Hope you're having a great weekend.

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    1. I think scientist is a very real option for him. He seems to enjoy science.

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    1. Get yourself some balloons, baking soda, and vinegar and have a good time!

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  14. The price of science experimentation!

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    1. I'm so glad I spotted that balloon under the bushes!

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    1. No, he didn't. This was just an after-school activity.

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