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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
Up to 1 day
Key Concepts
Elasticity, temperature

Introduction

Balloons are fun and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and forms that makes them well suited for decorations, water play, modeling, and other creative activities. But balloons also have uses outside of recreation; weather balloons, balloons used to widen obstructed arteries, and balloons that provide transportation are just a few examples. The first balloons were made of animal bladders or intestines. This made way for the latex, rubber, and nylon fabric balloons we see today. Have you ever wondered what makes these materials excellent for balloons? Try the activity to find out!

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • New balloons, identical in size and material
  • Permanent marker
  • Freezer
  • Skewer
  • Lip balm or petroleum jelly
    Materials needed for this science activity in which you explore the elasticity of balloons

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
Up to 1 day
Key Concepts
Elasticity, temperature