Elementary Science Activities
Dancing Raisins

Watch raisins "dance" up and down in these elementary science activities. Can you guess why they dance in a glass of soda pop?

Dancing raising science activity, Photo by Myrna Martin


  • Bottle of light colored soda pop (Sprite, 7-up, etc)
  • Clear water glass
  • Raisins (8 - 10)


  1. Pour warm soda pop into the glass until it is about 3/4 full.
  2. Begin dropping raisins individually into the glass full of the soft drink.
  3. Watch as the raisins "dance" up and down in the glass.
  4. If your raisins do not dance up and down for about 5 minutes try using a different brand of soft drink.
  5. If you were using a diet soft drink try using one with sugar.

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Science behind the activity

Soft drinks have carbon dioxide that gives the fizz to soda pop. The carbon dioxide forms bubbles when the cap is released. The carbon dioxide bubbles attach to the raisins making them buoyant. The bubbles break at the surface of the soda pop allowing the gas to escape and the raisins to fall back to the bottom of the glass.

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