Using a Purchase Order?  •  Back to School  •  Spangler Science Club

Questions? Give us a Call: 1-800-223-9080

Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste

Steve Spangler's latest experiment book


Submit A Review


Item #: WFBB-500

Usually ships the next day.

Availability: In stock

As seen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show!

If you thought Steve Spangler’s book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes pushed the limits of your inner mad scientist, this second volume of 25 new, extraordinary home experiments is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Seriously… your socks are going to fly across the room. The materials are easy to find and the directions are simple to follow, but the end result is guaranteed to produce lots of ooohs & ahhhs.

Steve Spangler takes his geek chic approach to exposing some of the coolest science tricks that will surprise teachers and amaze your friends. Over 200 color photographs accompany the step-by-step instructions, and simple explanations uncover the how-to and why for each activity.

You’ll have a blast with these experiments…

  • Floating Bowling Balls
  • Pop Bottle Music
  • Bouncing Smoke Bubbles
  • Walking on Eggshells
  • Balancing Nails
  • Fireproof Balloon
  • Skateboard Rocket Car

WARNING! Do not read the special, super-secret, teachers-only section that reveals a few of Steve Spangler’s secrets for making science come alive in the classroom. If you’re not a teacher, you won’t miss out on twisting up a Fire Tornado or making a mountain of Exploding Toothpaste. Just give this book to the coolest science teacher and ask them to help you create an unforgettable learning experience.

About the Author

If you just landed on this page and have no idea who Steve Spangler is, take a minute and visit the Who is Steve Spangler? page. However, you need to know that his videos are like potato chips... you can't stop at just one. The next thing you know, two hours have vanished, the kids put themselves to bed, your spouse is fast asleep and you have an uncontrollable urge to make a mad dash to the grocery store to stock up on cornstarch, potatoes and toilet paper. This guy is serious about making science fun.

What's Included?
The book is softcover, 160 pages, over 200 color photographs. Published by Greenleaf Book Group, Austin, Texas.

Customer Reviews

fun, exciting but can be hard and dangerous Review by inexperienced science parent

I am an inexperienced science parent of a five year old that loves science. The experiments were awesome but some of the materials and equipment were harder to come by and some seemed to dangerous for me to try...being so inexperienced. This would ROCK for high school science teachers - in my opinion. (Posted on 5/31/14)

Spangler Book Review by Arlys Cupp

I ordered the Fire and Ice book for my student teacher. He was so excited to get it and immediately started looking through it. His wheels were rolling and we tried several things out of the book that week. He will treasure the book throughout his teaching career. (Posted on 4/1/13)

Steve Spangler Rocks! Review by Suzanne B.

[Steve} is always looking for ways to do it bigger, better and to keep the interest of our littlest scientists, our kids. Each task tells you what fun things you can, step by step instructions, the hows and whys of each project and the photos are amazing. Hopefully next year when my daughter is six she’ll ask for a Science party for her birthday…. A Mom can dream right?

Read Suzanne's entire review at the blog, Crunchy Green Mom.
- Steve Spangler Science Web Team

(Posted on 3/13/13)

Amazement... Review by Boulder Moms

For [a] week while [my son and I] waited for the book to arrive he hounded me. When is the book going to come, I want to “do” something. He’s been interested in experiments, astrology, and making things go for over a year now. Finally after what seemed like an eternity to him the book arrived.

The first thing he had me do was read the introduction to each activity in the entire book. We sat on the couch and read, and read and read. We talked about which experiments we would try, which ones we need to work our way up to, and started a shopping list. The one that intrigued him the most was “standing on eggs.” There are a few tricks to do this right. I’m not going to spoil the experiment by telling you how, but no, they are not hard boiled.

Later that week it was his turn for show and tell at school. Guess what he did? He stood proudly on eggs as his entire class, including his teacher watched in amazement. I’m excited to see all that comes of this book with our children.

Check out Boulder Moms entire review at the blog Boulder Moms Connect.
-Steve Spangler Science Web Team

(Posted on 2/7/13)

Huge Hit in Our Home Review by Lori

[It] was a huge hit in our home! It’s chock-full of experiments that make learning a journey full of discovery. The colorful pictures that go along with each experiment give a great step-by-step visual. Making science fun is just as important to me as making science easy to understand and this book does just that. I love how the experiments all have a “What’s Going On Here?” section which expounds on your understanding of what just happened.

I just love everything about this book. From the very first chapter, Air-Mazing, which looks A-Mazing to the very last chapter, The Super-Secret Teachers-Only Section and everything in-between, this is a must have experiment book that will surely make science come alive for you!

Check out Lori's review (complete with pictures and video) at her blog, Lori's Lolz.
-Steve Spangler Science Web Team

(Posted on 12/22/12)

Spangler Makes Science Fun Review by Sharon

If I thought Steve Spangler hit a home run with "Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes," then I must say this work is a Grand Slam! It is a marvelous companion volume to his other book, but it is also a wonderful edition on its own. The text is easy to understand, and children can follow the directions with minimal supervision. It gives them a great sense of accomplishment to be able to say they did it themselves. The pictures are vivid and entertaining, and the actual experiments are lots of fun in addition to being invaluable teaching moments. I have this paperbound tome, and I am eagerly anticipating the iTunes version as well. I would highly recommend this book to teachers, parents, those interested in easy science demonstrations, and the fine folks who are still children at heart - it's fun for everyone! (Posted on 10/29/12)

Take Science to the Next Level Review by Kassiah

With its good instructions using mostly everyday, easy-to-find items and its constant encouragement to use safety, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste is an interesting book of experiments aimed at students of all ages.

My kids can't wait to try out "Skateboard Rocket Car" and the adults only section is definitely something that I think Science teachers would want to check out. It's highly informative and obvious that Steve Spangler not only has a love for Science, but he truly wants to share it with today's youth. This would be a great gift for a science teacher (especially upper Elementary and Junior High) or a homeschooling mom who wants to take Science to the next level.

(Posted on 9/1/12)

Wonderful Review by Maria Cristina

Wonderful, well explained and so fascinating I [would like] to try every experiment. More there is the part explecially for teacher and how to make science interesting for kids that is very usefull (Posted on 8/11/12)

Ultimate Science Book Review by Sara

I saw Steve Spangler on tv and had to pick up his book for my son. We got it from the library and it was a hit. Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste is the ultimate science book for kids who like science messy. So far, our favorite - the skewer through the balloon. Definitely one for the birthday party.

Read Sara's entire review at her blog, Reading All Year Long.
-Steve Spangler Science Web Team

(Posted on 7/29/12)

Educational and Extremely Enjoyable Review by Laith

This fun and simple science experiment book is fantastic! The book itself is a quick read as each experiment is laid out in simple easy to follow blocks. Perfect for the amateur scientist with little growing geeks, or the professional educators use in their classes. Each experiment has a nice explanation of the science behind the “Wow!”. These are very well written and explain things clearly, but don’t shy away from getting into the nitty-gritty of the science. I would highly recommend this book to science educators and parents of little budding scientists, it is both very educational and extremely enjoyable.

Read the rest of Laith's review at his blog, Laith's Ramblings.
-Steve Spangler Science Web Team

(Posted on 7/19/12)

Keep Reading and Experimenting! Review by Adam

...the title is so intriguing. Fire bubbles? Exploding toothpaste? Those sound perfect for guys. I had to check it out. Man, am I glad I did. This book is chock full of awesome. Low budget, low quality? No way. This is a great book. Fire Bubbles is a compendium and how-to guide for a ton of great science experiments. Most of them seem like a very high reward-to-work/cost ratio. Steve Spangler even references the old, “Don’t try this at home” spiel. He knows, just as you and I know, that saying that just makes us want to do it more. His instructions, “Let’s try it!” And it’s not a suggestion. It’s an order.

Read the rest of Adam's review on the blog Guy's Read.
- Steve Spangler Science Web Team

(Posted on 6/17/12)

You Won't Be Sorry! Review by Jenny

Great pictures and easy, step-by-step instructions make this set of science experiments a great resource for any science teacher. I've taught science for over 10 years and saw some experiments listed here that I'd never seen before. Also some instructions on showmanship that should not be ignored. Buy it, you won't be sorry!

(Posted on 4/24/12)

Awesome Book Review by Julie

My students love this book! So do I. Great photographs, beautifully presented (Posted on 4/15/12)

One of 2 of the greatest classroom science books, EVER! Review by Ellen Peterson

The very best thing about this book (and it's companion first volume, I might add) besides the copious amounts of AMAZING pictures, is the real-world application section that is included in many of the demonstrations! It ties in beautifully with the "Beyond the Fizz" ending about making sure there's more than gee whiz in your science demonstration.

I couldn't ask for a more engaging format. My students will be lining up to borrow this book as soon as it hits my classroom tomorrow. They won't be able to resist the beautiful pictures and the simple directions that will allow them to recreate some of these exciting moments at home. The best part is when I hear, "I'm going to show this to my little brother/sister!" I know when they say that, what they really mean is they intend to show off what they've learned by teaching it to someone else. These moments reach the dinner table. (Posted on 3/13/12)

Write Your Own Review

You're reviewing: Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste

How do you rate this product? *
1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars