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