Cinderella turns to Fire & Water Balloons

CinderjpgStory time today started with Cinderella.  It’s an old classic that my daughter has heard many times.  We chat about Cinders resilience in life,  her grumpy jealous Step Mother and Step Sisters, who embark upon making her existence a chore.  Nadine declares, if she were Cinderella she’d call the police.

Princess Nadine, is a princess by name and by nature. Just ask her!!!! HaHa.  But when I invite her to tell me the story, her inquisitive side  bounded out ‘Let’s do an experiment with balloons and fire!’

The Princess has requested ‘Fire and water’


Water absorbs heat- Experiment 

Questions posed:

  • What would happen if the sun was closer?
  • What would happen if the Sun was further away?
  • What would happen to the colder regions of the world?
  • What would happen to our animals and plants?
  • Do our Oceans help us in any way?


  • Balloons filled with water
  • Balloons filled with air
  • Flame eg. Candle

Fireproof Balloon

Place the balloon filled with water over the flame. Count to 5. The balloon does not burst.








Now try this with the air filled balloon(be ready for a loud bang).






Water absorbs heat quickly.  This prevents the balloons from bursting.  Our Earth has vast amounts of water that absorbs a huge amount of heat from our Sun.   What would happen to our Planet if we had smaller Oceans or none at all?

Doing these experiments is immense fun. The kids will ask to do these again and again.  Each time a little more is learned, a few more questions asked and ‘What if? ‘ scenarios created.