4th of July Science
Create some oohhs and ahhs on the Fourth
From your pancake breakfast through the barbecue all the way into the fireworks display, bring a little fun summer science into your 4th of July activities. We've compiled a list of some of the most explosive, colorful, and sparkling experiments to do on the Fourth. So pick your favorites, grab the materials listed below, and have some fun.
- Geyser Tubes
- Soda (Diet 7-Up or Diet Sprite, red and blue Mountain Dew)
- Red and blue food coloring
- Color Changing UV Beads
- Blue cord
- Smoke bombs
- Trash can
- Bungee cord
- Shower curtain
- Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker
- Rock salt
- Half and Half
- Rainbow Glasses
- White Lightning Stick
Red, White, and Blue Soda Geysers
Keep the summer doldrums away by shooting Red, White and Blue Soda Geysers using a Geyser Tube, Mentos, 3 bottles of Diet Sprite or another clear soda. Color two of the sodas using red and blue food coloring. Strawberry soda and blue Mountain Dew Voltage also work. Drop the Mentos in for your own daytime fireworks show.
Smoke Bomb Smoke Rings
The trash can smoke ring generator is a signature finale in Steve Spangler's stage show and was recently featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Everyone always wants to know how to make Steve's classic giant smoke rings... now you can make them at home with a special 4th of July twist!
Color Changing UV Beads
Test the power of your sunscreen or just monitor the intensity of the sun with a red, white, and blue UV Bead bracelet. Purchase a packet of red UV beads and string them on blue cord. The sun sensitive beads start out white inside the house, then turn red in the sunlight. Get it? Red, white and blue for the Fourth.
Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball
During the barbecue, pull out a Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball. While rolling it and chasing it, your kids can observe the reaction that happens inside to make the ice cream. Get creative and make strawberry, vanilla and blueberry ice cream - red, white and blue.
Defraction Grading with Fireworks Rainbow Glasses
When the fireworks start, pull out your Fireworks Rainbow Glasses to see the display in a whole new light. You’ll never want to watch another fireworks display with your naked eye again.
White Lightning Stick
At dusk is when the real fun begins. We have just launched a new product called a White Lightning Stick. It is your own hand-held light show. Use it to teach the effects of color mixing or just entertain while waiting for the fireworks show to start.
4th of July Science Fun
June 28th, 2010
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