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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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 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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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 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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