Here you can learn what crazy experiments I'm performing with my kids
right now! ~Adam
Designed Soda Pop
Chemistry in the kitchen is always fun - try mixing baking soda, sugar, citric acid to make your own soda
pop. Watch as kitchen ingredients change color and dissolve.
Watch the video for this fun experiment - then take the family outside for a rubber egg toss!
We used science to make magic worms. We used kitchen ingredients to make jelly worms. Also try
removing the paper on a straw by slowly wrinkling it while pulling it off. Then drip some water or soda on it
to make it squirm.
All About Bugs
We learned about spiders, scorpions, and insects. We made bugs out of clay and listened to bug sounds.
It's time to head over to the zoo and take a closer look at those incredible animals.
World's Largest Experiment
We're headed out to Bear Creek Park to attempt the World's Largest Experiment. We're going to attempt
to time travel! (Just kidding.) We're going to use the Sun to make a 50 foot trash bag float!
We can't get enough of mixing baking soda and vinegar! Find this on the experiments page.
Square Bubble Challenge
Is it possible to make square bubbles? The answer is yes! Look around your house for items that might
make this possible. Hint: You will need a square shaped object made out of straws or coat hangers Now
that is not the solution - but that makes square bubbles possible. Answer will be revealed in a couple
Center of Gravity
Supplies: Yardstick, Potato, Forks, Pencils
What happens: We discussed the center of gravity...stand on one leg and watch what happens when you
try to move your arms and legs freely. Then we each put our fingers under a yardstick...as you move your
fingers inwards the yardstick finds the center of gravity automatically. Last we shoved the pencil in the
potato (be careful) and put forks on each side...then attempted to balance the potato on a cup.
Flying Zooming Rockets
Supplies: Balloons, Rocket Balloons, Model Rocket, Foam Rockets
What happens: The kids blew up the regular balloons and let them go...they went everywhere! Why?
(Talk about shape and air pressure) Show the cone on the model rocket and ask why it's a cone and not a
square? Explain aerodynamic shapes. Go outside and shoot some foam rockets or rocket balloons. The
kids just learned about science and had a blast! (Rocket Blast that is!)
A lesson in static electricity
Supplies: Balloons, Paper, Scissors, Salt, Pepper, Fly Stick.
What happens: The kids each blew their balloons up and rubbed them on their head. They stuck the
balloons to the ceiling using static electricity. We used magnets to talk about like charges repelling each
other and why opposite charges attract. We used the fly sticks to float the mylar shapes. We rubbed the
balloons on our head again and held them over a plate of mixed salt/pepper. Last we cut small squares of
paper and put the (rub the balloon on your head again) balloon over the paper!
All about the earth
Supplies: Miniature earth or globe, corn starch, bowls, water.
What happens: We discussed the earth's crust and core...and also what the core is like. We made magic
mud to demonstrate what some of the core is like. We talked about the three kinds of rocks: sedimentary,
igneous, and metamorphic. We also pulled out a pumice rock and talked about some of its special
Supplies: Windbags or Diaper Genie bags.
What happens: It's time for a good old fashioned race...a family competition: Who can blow the bag up the
fastest! Oh no the end is not tied and everybody lost. We tied one end and taught the Bernoulli principle
using one breath (and the surrounding air) to blow the bag up instantly. After jousting...it was time to go
outside and shoot them up like rockets! (Rain made it even more fun).
Supplies: Paper, tape, scissors, and some heavy books.
What happens: Make different shapes with the paper and test their strength by putting a book on
them...which is stronger? We made a tube, triangle, square...what can you make? Good time to talk about
strength of shapes: arch, triangle, etc. You can also point out/test how hard an egg shell is!
Supplies: Zip Lock Bags (any size), Baking Soda, Vinegar, Toilet Paper. Safety goggles.
What happens: Take a sheet of toilet paper and put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in the middle. Fold it
over and twist the ends. Pour some vinegar into the zip lock bag, drop the toilet paper (with baking soda
inside), and zip the bag closed. Run outside as fast as you can!...wait for the bag to POP! You should be
able to reuse the bag several times.
Explanation: A chemical reaction occurs when you mix sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) with vinegar.
Carbon dioxide causes the bag to grow until it pops.
1) Always have an adult
2) Always wear the
correct safety gear.
3) Never eat or drink
"Making Science Splat~tacular!"