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 Homemade Soda With Your Kids

Do you tell your kids “no” when they ask for conventional sodas?

Want a fun project that yields tasty results?

Make your own soda with your family. It’s the perfect project to cool off your kids.

Once you learn how, you’ll be able to make fresh, preservative-free, all-natural soda whenever you want.

In this article I’ll show you how to make and nurture your family’s very own ginger bug. This is the base from which you’ll create all of your homemade soft drinks.

Then I’ll share recipes for watermelon and lemon soda. Once you learn the basics, tap into your creative juices to make virtually any flavor you can imagine.

Want a cool drink with less sugar and no caffeine for your kids? Make your own soda. Ferment a ginger bug, add fruit juice and create delicious carbonated soda.

Why Make Your Own Soda?

First of all, homemade soda is healthier than the kind you buy in the store. It’s also a lot more fun to make your own soda and create your own custom flavors.

For added creativity, name your sodas, make labels and share with friends and neighbors. Why have a lemonade stand when you can create a soda stand?

Making soda takes time: three to eight days to create the ginger bug (don’t worry, it’s not a real bug—a ginger bug is a bit of ginger you ferment to create natural carbonation) and another 12-24 hours to ferment the soda and refrigerate it. But it’s worth the wait.

Work together with your kids to nourish the bug and create the soda. Then enjoy fizzy glasses of it, totally guilt-free and with little worry about the negative side effects of regular sodas.

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How to Make Music With Empty Soda Pop Bottles

Want to encourage your kids to create music with stuff you have at home?

Have some extra soda pop bottles?

Discover how you can make music using soda pop bottles.

It’s amazing what beautiful music you can make just by adding water to bottles you find around the house.

In this article I will show you how to use kitchen science to create your own musical band.

Want to make an easy but accurate musical instrument with your kids? Grab a drink and make beautiful pop bottle music by adding water to the bottles you used.

Why Make Pop Bottle Music?

Music is such an important part of your kids’ development. Music encourages creativity and imagination, whether you’re playing music, singing, dancing or just listening.

It’s a fun family activity! Make pop bottle music together as a band. Or take turns “composing” songs. Then teach them to each other.

Plus, pop bottle music is an excellent science project for anyone who also has a fondness for the arts.

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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 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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5 Amazing Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Activities

Do your kids love things that glow in the dark?

Want to astonish your neighbors and trick-or-treaters?

How about serving some spooky shimmering refreshments at your next Halloween party or haunted house?

With a black light and just a few ingredients that make things glow, you can have the creepiest crypt on the block.

In this article, you’ll learn how to produce my five favorite glow-in-the-dark science projects, perfect for making a ghoulish impression this Halloween.

Glow-in-the-dark science projects: let your kids astonish your neighbors and astound trick-or-treaters with glowing activities that are perfect for entertaining.

Why Should I Make Glowing Concoctions?

Halloween, more than any other time of year, is the season to explore nighttime frights, conduct spooky experiments and investigate unexplained phenomena. Halloween is dark and disguised and mysterious. It’s the perfect backdrop for things that glow and gush after the lights go out.

The five glow-in-the-dark projects below are a fun way for you and your kids to get into the spirit of this eerie, ominous time of year and add your own bit of creepy cheer to parties or your own family adventure on a chilling October afternoon.

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How to Create Black Light Halloween Messages With Your Kids

Do your kids like to send secret messages to their friends?

Want a cool way to explore science while playing in the dark?

Your family will be wowed by this fun and easy project that teaches the properties of fluorescent light.

In this article, I’ll show your budding scientists how to design their own secret messages and reveal them when the lights go out.

Black light Halloween science project: let kids design their own secret messages and reveal them when the lights go out.

Why Create Black Light Secret Images?

Black light secret images incorporate a whole lot of things that are awesome to kids (and maybe to you big kids, too!).

They appear to float in mid-air. They glow in the dark.

And not only do your kids get to create messages themselves, but they also control when the secret codes are revealed with a special, magical black light.

This is a fun and simple activity for a Halloween party, sleepover or anytime.

Use the image viewers as Halloween lanterns to add a spooky element to trick-or-treating and an extra way for you to see the kids in the dark. (Be sure to bring along a flashlight too.)

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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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