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Simple Science Experiments for Kids: Dancing Raisins

Team StoryWeavers|June 14, 2023, 11:47 IST| 2

Have you ever seen a raisin dance? We have! Do you want to know how to make raisins dance? We would love to share it with you as a part of this ongoing series on simple science experiments for kids. Are you excited? Let’s go!

Things you need: 

  • Raisins 
  • Water
  • Tall, clear glass 
  • Colourless soda (unopened, if possible)
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Raisin dance experiment 1:

  • Step 1: Fill a tall glass with colourless soda. Do not fill the glass all the way to the top. 
  • Step 2: Drop 3–4 raisins in the glass. 
  • Step 3: Add more if the glass is wider and can accommodate more. 
  • Step 4: Sit back and observe the raisins dance in the glass. 

Raisin dance experiment 2:

  • Step 1: Fill half a glass with water. 
  • Step 2: Add a spoonful of baking soda into the glass. 
  • Step 3: Mix it with water. 
  • Step 4: Drop a handful of raisins in the glass. 
  • Step 5: Now add vinegar until the glass is 3/4th full. Do not fill the glass to the brim. 
  • Step 6: Watch the raisins dance. 

Note: If the raisins don’t start dancing in a couple of minutes, add more vinegar or move the raisins a bit with the help of a stirrer. 

Thinking questions:

  • Before the experiment, did you think the raisins would really dance?
  • Do you think raisins would dance in plain water, oil or other liquids? 
  • Do you think it is possible to make raisins dance faster? 
  • Do you think we could make other things dance like raisins, like cashew nuts or almonds?

Disclaimer: These are meant for preschool children and hence we have avoided getting into the details of the experiment. The idea is to make it fun and make children think.

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About the Author

“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She wholeheartedly believes in the quote by Arthur Rubinstein that says – “if you love life, life will love you back”. She is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grades 2 & 3, as a part of the Teach For India Fellowship. These little girls have a special place in her heart, and when she writes for children, she writes for them!

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July 19, 2023

Your experiments are interesting can you please tell me more experiments for club


July 17, 2023

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