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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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?

Wow! Where do I sign up?

Right here.

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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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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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How to Walk on Eggs: Fun Physics for Kids

Do you ever feel like your kids are “walking on eggshells”?

Now you can show your kids how to literally walk on raw eggshells and do something that seems impossible.

That’s right, eggs—those delicate things you have to check at the supermarket to make sure they’re not broken.

In this article, I’ll show you a fun way to find out whether eggs are truly fragile or are actually incredibly architected pieces of nature, built for both strength and weakness.

Walking on eggs: find out whether eggs are truly fragile or are actually incredibly architected pieces of nature, built for both strength and weakness.

Why Take the Eggshells Challenge?

In our house, we aren’t concerned about walking on eggshells or treading lightly around sensitive topics. We lay it all out, grab a carton-full of eggs and walk all over them. Saturday afternoons around the Spangler household includes a truckload of eggs and a lot of laughter.

Why not bring this laughter, this sense of wonder and fascination, to your family too?

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