Chemical Reaction for Kids

Of all the science experiments that we have done over the last few months, this is one of our favorites.   It produces just the right balance of chemical reaction and silliness.

When you can take two ordinary things and mix them and have something unexpected happen, it is amazing!   This experiment uses common household ingredients:   vinegar and baking soda.   To add a little fun, we are going to see what happens when a glove gets involved.

Today's experiment is from The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science by Sean Connolly. The experiment is called Frankenstein's Hand and you will soon see why!

Chemical Reaction Experiment

chemical reaction experiment for kids materialsMaterials

  • 3 Tablespoons of Vinegar
  • Drinking Glass
  • 2 Teaspoons of baking soda
  • Rubber glove

chemical reaction for kids glove on glassDirections

1.   Pour the 3 Tablespoons of Vinegar into the glass.

2.   Spoon the baking soda into the glove.   Hold the glove by the wrist and shake the powder into the fingers.

3.   Carefully attach the glove to the glass keeping the baking soda in the fingers of the glove.

chemical reaction experiment4.   Pull the glove upright releasing the baking soda into the vinegar.

5.   Watch the bubbles grow.

chemical reaction experiment final6.   Admire the results!

Why does this happen?   The chemical reaction happens when vinegar’s acetic acid reacts with the baking soda’s sodium bicarbonate to form carbonic acid.   Carbonic acid falls apart into carbon dioxide and water. The bubbles come from the escaping carbon dioxide.   The CO2 has no where to go except up into the glove causing it to inflate and be super cool.

A free download of printable instructions are available from Workman Publishing.


  1. I really love the glove! The kids would love it too! A must do!

    1. why do you like the glove it is the viniger hello


  2. That looks like a fun thing to do right before Halloween!

  3. I’m definitely going to do this experiment. Thanks.

  4. I am at work today when I tried this experiment :))) and now Am excited to go home to let my daughter try it. Am sure she’ gonna love it though no Halloween 😀

  5. Great fun! we did this with a balloon. we have posted a lot of science blog posts recently as my boys are really in to experiments!!! Glad I found your blog!

  6. That’s really cool. Your sons face says it all. Great way to encourage learning.

  7. Jordynn Skipper says:

    I love this experiment and am using it as an AH-HA (awesome hands-on home activity) project. I am a student working on my teaching degree and was wondering if I could get your permission to use your second and third picture in my directions to parents.

    Thank you

  8. this is a really good way to teach kidds about chemicalss

  9. We use this mix to make volcanoes. We make them with plasticine or plaster and add food colouring for effect. The kids love it

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