Hooked on Science - Pop a Balloon with an Orange

March 4TH - March 10TH


• Balloon

• Orange

• Flexible Measuring Tape


STEP 1: Inflate the balloon. Describe the inflated balloon by using its observable properties. Using the flexible measuring tape, measure the distance around the fattest part of the balloon. Using this data, identify the balloon based on its properties.

STEP 2: Remove the peeling from the orange. Describe the orange peeling by using its observable properties.

STEP 3: Holding the shiny part of the orange peeling toward the inflated balloon, squeeze the peeling, so the oil in the orange peeling sprays on the balloon, and observe. Describe the oil from the orange peeling by using its observable properties.


The peeling of the orange contains limonene oil, which dissolves the rubber balloon, causing the balloon to quickly pop.


PLEASE follow these safety precautions when doing any science experiment.

• ALWAYS have an adult present.

• ALWAYS wear the correct safety gear while doing any experiment.

• NEVER eat or drink anything while doing any experiment.

• REMEMBER experiments may require marbles, small balls, balloons, and other small parts. Those objects could become a CHOKING HAZARD. Adults are to perform those experiments using these objects. Any child can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Keep uninflated or broken balloons away from children.

Jason Lindsey

STEM Certified Educator, Science Multimedia Journalist, and Meteorologist

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