Carbonated beverages are  amazing.  You can make your own with Baking soda in sweetened water.  Baking soda. It has magical powers when baking over flour and water…but what about raisins? Or in my case we will be using Craisins since I haven’t been grocery shopping in awhile. baking soda experimentThe activity is taken from Pop Bottle Science by Lynn Brunelle.

Baking Soda Science Experiment

Materials:
  • bowl of water
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • 10 raisins or if you want to be cool like me, Craisins
Directions: 1.   Add 4 T of vinegar, 3 T of baking soda and 10 raisin/Craisins to the bowl of water. 2.   Wait a moment. baking soda dancing raisins3.   Watch the dancing dried fruit show. Dance Craisins! Dance! I ended up adding a little extra baking soda to my mixture to make my Craisins a bit more animated in their dance. dancing raisins If you want to simplify the experiment, use soda instead of the baking soda and the water.  The carbondioxide in the carbonated beverage makes the raisins rise.  Watch this video to see it in action!

Why baking soda causes fruit to dance

The vinegar and baking soda create carbon dioxide bubbles, the same gas that carbonates soda pop.   Bubbles will gather under the raisins until there's enough fizz to raise the raisins to the surface. When the bubbles pop it causes the Craisins to fall. Printable version of this baking soda experiment. Be sure to dance along with your Craisins. This post is also part of a special blog hop “Add A Little Learning To Your Play”, hosted by Jill of A Mom With A Lesson Plan. Jill is celebrating first anniversary of her blog. Congrats Jill! Go check out her blog for other ideas of ways to learn while having fun with your kiddos.



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12 Comments

  1. What a fun experiment! I’ve pinned this so we can remember to try it. I love finding science experiments preschoolers will enjoy. Thank’s for posting!

  2. Thank you for linking up! I love this experiment. Little M will especially love dancing with the raisins =)!

  3. What a fun experiment, Holly. And it’s good to know that craisins will work in a pinch (although i’m not sure how my kids would feel about dropping their beloved snacks into vinegar!).