Dancing Raisins

watching  the raisins dance

 In this elementary science activity you will watch the raisins moving up and down in a glass like they are dancing. Make a guess how long the raisins will dance for you in the glass. After the dance is over you can drink the pop and eat the raisins.


  • 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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