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Balloon in a Bottle

In this physics activity (page 3 of the PDF), learners will see firsthand that air takes up space and has pressure by attempting to inflate a balloon inside of a bottle. Though this activity was created as a pre-visit for a traveling science show, it makes a great stand-alone activity as well!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • 20 oz Bottle
  • Balloon
  • Water
  • Flask
  • Stove or hotplate
  • Tongs
  • Hot pad
  • Nail or scissors


  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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