Exploding Soda and Flying Potatoes: How to Ignite the Science Spark in Your Children

podcast iconAre 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.

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parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe 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).

In this episode, I interview Steve Spangler, one of the web’s top science guys. His books include Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes and Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste.

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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Are your interested in science? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 12, Steve Spangler shares ways to make science fun for your kids.

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Turn a Skateboard Into a Rocket With Mentos and Coke

Do your kids like things that go fast?

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.

Do your kids like things that explode and go fast? Mix soda and mints, strap it to a skateboard, and watch your Mentos and Coke rocket car fly down the street.

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!

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How to Make a Tornado in a Bottle With Your Kids

Looking for a fun science project to do with your kids?

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!

How to make a tornado in a bottle, using two bottles and a connector tube. You and your kids will see how a tornado is formed by creating one yourselves.

Why Make a Tornado in a Bottle?

Tornadoes are fascinating things to kids of all ages. Most of us have seen the fast-moving, funnel-shaped clouds on television and in movies like The Wizard of Oz.

But how do they work? How does the sky start twisting around itself and become something so powerful and destructive?

Explore the science behind this terrifying and amazing weather phenomenon with your kids and create your own tornado in a bottle.



26 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Have rainy days got you down?

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.

Discover 26 rainy day activities to do with your kids. 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!

Next time it rains, use this list to find something fun to do before your cooped-up kids start complaining about being bored.



Three Egg Science Experiments for You and Your Kids

Have you ever undressed a raw egg by removing its shell?

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.

Remove the shell from a raw egg without breaking it and discover what lies beneath. 3 variations of an easy chemistry experiment for kids.

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?

This experiment doesn’t have fire or explosions or bright colors or noises, but it does contain some cool lessons on chemical reactions and osmosis.

Removing the shell may be completely embarrassing for the egg, but it will be fascinating for you and your kids.



Leaf Science: How to Find the Hidden Colors in Leaves

Do your kids wonder why the leaves change colors?

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.

How to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography. A simple science experiment done with items you have around the house.

Imagine this…

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?

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3 Spooky Ways to Use Dry Ice This Halloween

Do your kids love things that bubble, sputter and smoke?

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.

Three dry ice science projects that are bubbling, boiling and oozing potions to light up your Halloween party or fall festival.

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.

There’s so much to discover and explore when performing dry ice science.

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How to Make Slime: 5 Easy Recipes for Halloween Fun

Do your kids love things that squish and ooze?

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.

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.

Halloween and slime go hand in hand, so my kids and I spent an afternoon creating fun, slimy, new recipes. Just in time for Halloween.



Edible DNA: A Fun Twist to Science Your Kids Can Swallow

Are your kids curious?

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.

Add a fun twist to science with an edible DNA project and explore genetics to understand the molecule of life and discover your own family's genetic traits.

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.



Top 10 Kids Activities Websites: Your Guide to Kid Fun, Offline

Are your kids bored?

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…

Kids Activities Websites: discover 10 activities we found that will help you and your kids find adventures unplugged and away from electronics.

Why Offline Play?

Kids’ adventures come in all shapes and sizes.

Children find adventure in science, food, the great outdoors and so much more.

Though we’re living in an age when many kids like to spend time with their gadgets and video games, our favorite adventures are those that happen offline, together as a family.


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