If I told you that we were going to fill a glass with water, and then turn it upside down without spilling the water, you probably won’t believe me. But that is exactly what we are going to do during this simple science experiment.
Both kids and adults will be amazed by this experiment that appears to defy gravity. Just be sure to do it over a sink or large container lest you accidentally make a BIG wet mess.
Upside Down Water Glass Video
- Drinking Glass
- Thick Sheet of Paper that is long and wide enough to cover the entire mouth of the glass. (We used a piece of poster board)
- Large Container or Sink
Step 1 – Begin by filling the empty glass with water.
Helpful Tip: Ensure that the water is completely to the top of the glass. If there is any space between the water and the paper, the experiment won’t work.
Step 2 – Gently place the paper on the top of the glass.
Step 3 – Move the glass over the container or sink.
Step 4 – Gently place your hand on the paper, then flip the glass over.
Step 5 – Remove your hand from the bottom and watch in amazement as the paper stays covering the glass and the water doesn’t spill out.
How Does the Experiment Work?
The reason this experiment works is because of air pressure. Even though it doesn’t feel like it, the air around us pushes in all directions. The air pushing up from underneath the paper is strong enough to stop of weight of the water from pushing the card down. Because of this air pressure, the card will stay on the glass and the water will not spill out.
Do note that while the paper will stay for awhile, it will likely fall eventually.
More Science Fun
If you enjoyed this experiment, then you’ll definitely enough these other cool science experiments that also highlight power of air.
- Balloon Rocket – Make a balloon that flies across the room like a rocket
- Keep Towel Dry Under Water – Use simple science to keep the paper towel dry after submerging it in water
- Put a Straw through a Raw Potato – Yes, you can easily stick a drinking straw through a hard raw potato
I hope you enjoyed the experiment. Here’s some printable instructions