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 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 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.
Why Make Pop Bottle Music?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.