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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26 Summer Activities for Kids: How to Have Fun With Your Family All Summer

Do your kids have the summertime blues, complaining that there’s nothing to do?

Want to infuse some exciting new activities into the mix?

At My Kids’ Adventures, we’ve got you covered. There’s still plenty of fun to be had this summer (or any time of year).

We’ve searched the Internet for fun, exciting activities to do together this summer and listed our favorites below.

In this article I’ll share 26 fun summer activities for kids, from awesome art projects to zooming ziplines that’ll turn any day into a fun family adventure.

Do your kids have summertime blues? These fun summer activities for kids: awesome art projects to zooming ziplines; will turn any day into a family adventure.

Why Have Summer Adventures?

Family adventures build memories that last a lifetime, and there are so many different ways to have fun together: building things, cooking, crafts, creative play and exploring the great outdoors to name just a few.

Your kids will love to spend time with you and you’ll have the chance to talk, play and maybe even learn something new about them.

Whether you play games, cook, create art, build a fort, open a lemonade stand or plan a staycation, you’re bound to have a great time!

Find something here to fit any amount of time you have, from quick games you can play in a few minutes to projects you can work on all summer.

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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.

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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.

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Cleaning Pennies With Taco Sauce: A Fun Science Project With Your Kids

Do your kids like to pick up dirty pennies off the street?

Are you looking for a fun and easy science project that engages your kids?

Pennies are great to collect and use for art projects. But you can also use the process of cleaning pennies for a fun science experiment.

In this article I’ll show you how to combine a few dirty pennies with ingredients found in your kitchen to do a science project that will knock your kids’ socks off.

Use ingredients from your kitchen for a fun way to clean your kids' dirty pennies. The taco sauce penny cleaner can also be used as a science fair project.

Why Use Taco Sauce to Clean Pennies?

Because you can. It’s amazing what you can do with ingredients you find in your kitchen, and taco sauce is just one fun option. Taco sauce does a great job of cleaning pennies, and the process is quick and easy.

Whether you need a great idea for your kids’ science project or just want something fun to do with all of those grungy pennies, your family is sure to enjoy this experiment.

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How to Stage a Shadow Puppet Show Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids like to tell stories?

Are they fascinated by the interaction of light and shadow?

Introduce them to the ancient Chinese art of shadow-puppet theater and put on your own family show. It’s easier than you think!

In this article, I’ll show you how to make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Your family will enjoy poetic evening shows and make lasting memories together.

Make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Why Play With Shadows?

Shadows are mysterious, intriguing and fun. My kids love to play nighttime flashlight games. They enjoy casting shadows on the walls with their bed lamps, creating different shapes and creatures. And they’ve always been puzzled by their stretched shadows in the low light of a summer evening. I bet your kids like shadows, too.

Shadows have a fleeting, poetic quality, and playing with shadows will let your kids’ imaginations soar.

A shadow-puppet play provides everything you need to have a great family experience—it’s artistic, scientific, interactive, fun and easy to put together.

And it draws from a rich cultural tradition from ancient China.

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How to Stack Liquids in a Rainbow of Layers: A Fun Kid Science Project

Do your kids like to stack blocks into tall, gravity-defying towers?

Ever try to stack liquids without letting them mix?

It’s easy and oh-so-cool! You just need a little chemistry know-how and a steady hand.

In this article I’ll show you how you and your kids can stack seven liquids into a rainbow of layers, one on top of the other, without mixing them.

It looks like magic, but it’s not—it’s science!

Learn how you and your kids can stack liquids (7 of them) with different densities into a rainbow of layers, one on top of the other, without mixing them.

Why Stack Liquids?

It’s important to teach kids basic scientific concepts so they’ll understand how the world around them works.

When you make it fun or exciting or even jaw-droppingly awesome, you capture kids’ attention, pique their curiosity and make them want to learn more.

Stacking liquids achieves all three. And when you do it together with your kids, you make it an adventure!

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How to Make Goo That Simulates the Movement of a Glacier

Do your kids like Silly Putty or slime?

Do they take pleasure in building things and then destroying them?

Show them the awesome destructive power of the earth with a slippery, oozing goo they’ll love to get their hands in.

In this article I’ll show you how to make Glacier Goo—a type of Silly Putty that will demonstrate the movement of glaciers.

Learn how to make Glacier Goo—a type of Silly Putty that will demonstrate the movement of glaciers.

Why Make Glacier Goo?

Glaciers are pretty fascinating things: massive, moving, blue-and-white mountains of ice that destroy nearly everything in their paths, creating landforms such as U-shaped valleys, moraines and kettle lakes, to name a few.

For hundreds of thousands of years, the movement of glaciers has shaped land through erosion and deposition.

Glacier Goo is a really cool way to learn how glaciers transform the earth and literally move mountains—and you don’t have to wait a thousand years to see the results.

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How to Perform the Tablecloth Trick and Become the Life of the Party

Do you like to entertain your dinner guests?

Looking for a fun way to keep the relatives busy while that holiday meal finishes cooking?

In this article I’ll show you how to become the life of the party by pulling a tablecloth out from under a place setting without disrupting the dishes.

Entertain your guests on Thanksgiving with the tablecloth trick by pulling a tablecloth out from under a place setting without disrupting the dishes.

Why Table Tricks?

This classic “whip off the tablecloth” trick is a must for any dinner party without an established magic show.

You’ll either bring down the house or get in a lot of hot water. And we aren’t talking about the hot water in the coffee after dinner!

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