Are your kids interested in science?
Want to try cool experiments with your family?
To learn how to have messy scientific fun with your kids, I interview Steve Spangler for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.
More About This Show
The Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.
It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
Just search “Steve Spangler” on YouTube and you’ll find more than 1,300 videos that have a total of more than 145 million views. He’s a regular guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and has three sons who test out all of Dad’s experiments.
Steve shares ways to make science fun for kids by performing experiments as a family.
You’ll discover the reasons why science is so important for kids.
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Want to see what happens when you mix things together that you know will explode?
Make a skateboard rocket car with your kids.
Just mix soda and Mentos candies together to create an explosive geyser.
In this article I’ll show you how to turn a Mentos soda geyser on its side and transform it into a skateboard rocket.
Why Make a Skateboard Rocket Car?
Because it’s so cool!
When you shake up a bottle of soda, the soda and air create a powerful explosion. Now, imagine what happens when you attach that soda to a movable object. Vroom, vroom! And away it goes.
Perform scientific experiments with your kids. It’s an excellent way to bond with them, and you’ll discover how things work in the process. Your kids may not even realize they’re doing science. They’re just having a good time!
Want to observe a tornado vortex without getting anywhere near a real tornado?
Make your own mini tornado!
In this article I’ll show you how to make a tornado in a bottle, using two bottles and duct tape. You and your kids will see how a tornado is formed by creating one yourselves. It’s easy!
Why Make a Tornado in a Bottle?
But how do they work? How does the sky start twisting around itself and become something so powerful and destructive?
Are your kids bored and anxious for something to do when the weather is wet?
The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web for fun ways your family can make the most of a rainy day together.
In this article I’ll share our 26 favorite rainy day activities for you and your kids to celebrate a rainy day. With silver linings from A-Z, you’re sure to find a fun way to bring some sunshine to the gloom.
Why Play on a Rainy Day?
There are lots of adventures you can have with your kids, even when the weather is bad.
Rainy weather lets you experience the world in new ways from every one of your senses and discover a whole list of things you can only find in stormy weather, like rainbows and lightning, umbrellas and puddles. We’ve found activities to help your family explore them all: the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and yes, even some rainy-day–specific foods to taste!
Or folded an egg in half?
Or bounced an egg on the table without making it break?
You and your kids can astound your friends and family with three easy egg science “eggs-periments.” All it takes is one secret ingredient and a little patience.
In this article I’ll show you how to remove the hard eggshell to discover what lies beneath an egg’s tough exterior.
Why Remove the Eggshell?
Scrambled, boiled, sunny side up… naked? Most kids (and grownups, too) are familiar with the many things you can do with eggs. Wouldn’t it be fun to try something with an egg that you’ve never seen before?
Do you have a future scientist in your household?
Help your kids discover the science behind nature’s beauty with this fun family experiment.
In this article I’ll show you how to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography.
Don’t let the name scare you off, it’s a super-simple science experiment done with items you probably already have around the house.
And it’s a great way to help your kids learn more about the world around us.
It starts out as a nature walk where the kids have a mission—finding different kinds of leaves—so parents can relax and enjoy the lovely fall colors.
Then there’s pounding and noise and actually trying to stain things green. How often are kids allowed, much less encouraged, to do that?
Finally, there’s a science experiment involving chemicals and mysterious migrating colors that appear from nowhere. You’ll see a scientific phenomenon occur right before your eyes!
And it’s all to answer an age-old question that your kids have undoubtedly asked: How do the leaves change color?
Wow! Where do I sign up?
Looking for some spooky scientific fun this Halloween?
Get some chills and thrills with the coolest substance known to kids: dry ice.
In this article I’ll share three of my favorite bubbling and oozing potions that will light up your Halloween party or fall festival.
Plus you’ll get hours of enchanting science discovery for your family.
What’s So Cool About Dry Ice?
Dry ice and Halloween go hand in hand. Imagine a bubbling witch’s potion, a hazy specter of a ghost, a mad scientist’s lab lined with beakers full of colorful chemicals, a foggy mist masking the full moon in an inky black sky…
These mysterious images and more can all be created with dry ice.
Dropping a few pieces of dry ice in warm water creates a fascinating sensory experience for kids and adults alike—bubbling sounds; smoke that pours from every cylinder and cauldron; and bubbles you can touch, bounce and squeeze.
Want to surprise them with an afternoon of messy learning and fun?
Ever wondered what the secret is to making great slime?
In this article you’ll learn how to make my favorite Halloween slime recipes for haunted houses, classroom parties, Halloween parties or just an ooey-gooey good time.
Why Make Your Own Slime?
There’s nothing better than a hands-on project that will let kids make a mess and keep them engaged while they experiment with different textures and colors.
Do they like to eat?
How about creating a fun activity that shows your kids why we are all different yet very much the same.
The project is creating edible DNA.
In this article, I’ll help you explain the molecule of life that is DNA in kid-friendly terms, show you how you and your family can discover some of your unique genetic traits and teach you to make a delicious model of the DNA strand that your kids will love.
Why Should We Learn About DNA?
Has your daughter ever wondered why she can roll her tongue but her best friend can’t, no matter how hard she tries?
Or why you’re left-handed but everyone else in your family is right-handed?
Maybe your son wishes his curly hair was straight like his sister’s?
What causes all these differences, even between siblings who have the same parents?
The answer lies in our DNA, a special kind of molecule that holds the code—the instructions—for every cell in our bodies.
We all like to remind our children that they are unique and special: “There is only one You,” we tell them. “There can never be another You!” DNA is what makes this true. DNA determines the characteristics that make each of us different from anyone else in the world. What a sweet concept.
It’s also a very important scientific concept, which may open your children’s eyes—whether they’re blue, brown, hazel or green—to the discovery of their own special traits such as blonde hair or large feet or brown skin.
Learning about DNA in the sweet, kid-friendly activity you’ll find below is a great way to teach kids some science in a fun way and encourage them to celebrate our differences.
It’s also a tasty sculpture you can eat for dessert.
Looking for some inspiration to bring offline play and fun back to your family?
The editorial team of My Kids’ Adventures has discovered just what you need.
Read on for a list of our 10 favorite sites for awesome kids’ adventures…
Why Offline Play?
Kids’ adventures come in all shapes and sizes.
Children find adventure in science, food, the great outdoors and so much more.