Dancing Raisins

Dancing Raisins Experiment

Have you ever seen raisins dance? The kids will have so much fun doing this experiment as they will get super thrilled to watch dancing raisins. The dancing raisins experiment is too easy to perform. You need to get a few household supplies and you are all ready to do the experiment. 

Kids love doing Science experiments. Such simple science experiments for kids not only entertain them but also provide practical knowledge of the property of materials. Dancing raisins is a fun activity for children and there is something in store for the kids to learn. Before we understand the science behind the experiment, let us first understand how the experiment is performed.

How to perform jumping raisins experiment

For the jumping raisins experiment, we need only three things: 

  • Club soda or any other clear soda like 7 Up or Sprite. Use the unopened bottle for the best results
  • Raisins (fresh raisins work best)
  • An empty glass

If the raisins are stuck together, they won’t dance. Separate the raisins before starting out the experiment. Small or medium raisins work best.

Step 1

Fill the glass with soda. Don’t fill completely.

Step 2

Drop a few raisins into the glass. Do the raisins sink or float on the surface?

Step 3

Now you need to just sit and watch what happens. You need to be a little patient here. It might take a while before the raisins start moving. 

You will love to watch how the raisins dance in the soda. It would be fun to see how the raisins get lifted up by bubbles and fall back down. The rising and sinking of the raisins continue until soda goes flat and most of the carbon dioxide has escaped.

The science behind the experiment

You must be curious to know what causes raisins to dance. The science behind this experiment is quite interesting, When the raisins were dropped into the soda, they sank to the bottom of the glass at first. This happened as raisins are denser than soda. However, the carbonated drink has carbon dioxide bubbles in it. These bubbles attach to the raisins and lift them up. The carbon dioxide bubbles act as a tiny floatation that lifts the raisins up. This happens because of an increase in buoyancy.

Once the carbon dioxide bubbles reach the surface of the soda, they burst and release their gas into the air. Then the raisins lose their buoyancy and fall back to the bottle of glass. 

This up and down movement of the raisins happens until all the carbon dioxide is released into the air and the effervescence stops. 

Another way of doing this experiment

There is another way of doing the same experiment. For that, you will need baking soda, raisins, water and vinegar.

Another way of doing the dancing raisins science project is to generate effervescence in water using the reaction of baking soda and vinegar. The steps are as follows:

  1. Fill the glass with water. Just fill half of the glass.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda, stir and mix it well until it dissolves in water. 
  3. Add a few raisins to the glass.
  4. Slowly pour in some vinegar until the glass is ¾ filled.

The reaction of vinegar and baking soda produces carbon dioxide as a result. The raisins will dance due to carbon dioxide present in the glass. 

You might want to know if other objects exhibit the same behavior. The experiment can be performed using other materials apart from raisins. Something that has a slightly higher density than water and an irregular surface on which carbon dioxide can attach can be used to perform this experiment. Do this activity at home and see raisins dance.

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