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Fire Bubbles & Exploding Toothpaste

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More outrageously thrilling science experiments from the guy who taught you how to turn your kitchen into a mad scientist laboratory. Best-selling author Steve Spangler shares 35 experiments with over 200 color photos delivered in a style that's fun to read and motivates the reader to dig in and try it. These science experiments are guaranteed to get oohs and ahhhs!


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"Spangler's experiments 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." 

More outrageously thrilling science experiments from the guy who taught you how to turn your kitchen into a mad scientist laboratory!

If you thought Steve Spangler’s book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes pushed the limits of your inner mad scientist, this second volume of extraordinary home experiments is guaranteed to knock your socks off! 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.

Uncover the reason why the shower curtain attacks you in the morning. Learn how to make amazing tie-dye shirts using ordinary permanent markers. Discover how to remove the pieces of iron hiding in a dollar bill. Steve Spangler takes his geek chic approach to exposing some of the coolest science tricks that will surprise teachers and amaze your friends. Over 240 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


"The creator of the Mentos Diet Coke geyser experiment that became a YouTube video sensation, Spangler uses cheap, everyday materials to invent entertaining, highly kid-appealing activities, many of which are collected in this volume. Heavily illustrated with color photos and described in funny, casual prose, the experiments will easily engage a young audience, and each is followed by a succinct explanation of the science concepts at play, from the potato launcher, which encourages kids to shoot spud pellets at close range as they learn about pressure and volume, to bouncing and folding eggs and soda-bottle lava lamps, which demonstrate chemical reactions and density. Serious safety cautions appear throughout the irreverent chapters, while “Take It Further” sections encourage fired-up lab partners to continue the activities. A boon for parents and teachers alike, this should find a large, enthusiastic audience."

"The celebrity science teacher behind the Mentos & Diet Coke soda geyser phenomenon, toy designer, author, host of Science Mondays and The Spangler Effect, and regular guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show teaches readers how to so some amazingly cool science experiments in his latest book Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste – MORE Unforgettable Experiments that Make Science Fun."

"Spangler's experiments 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."

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  1. fun, exciting but can be hard and dangerous review by inexperienced science parent on 5/31/2014

    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.

  2. Spangler Book review by Arlys Cupp on 4/1/2013

    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.

  3. Steve Spangler Rocks! review by Suzanne B. on 3/13/2013

    [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

  4. Amazement... review by Boulder Moms on 2/7/2013

    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

  5. Huge Hit in Our Home review by Lori on 12/22/2012

    [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

  6. Spangler Makes Science Fun review by Sharon on 10/29/2012

    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!

  7. Take Science to the Next Level review by Kassiah on 9/1/2012

    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.

  8. Wonderful review by Maria Cristina on 8/11/2012

    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

  9. Ultimate Science Book review by Sara on 7/29/2012

    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

  10. Educational and Extremely Enjoyable review by Laith on 7/19/2012

    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

  11. Keep Reading and Experimenting! review by Adam on 6/17/2012

    ...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

  12. You Won't Be Sorry! review by Jenny on 4/24/2012

    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!

  13. Awesome Book review by Julie on 4/15/2012

    My students love this book! So do I. Great photographs, beautifully presented

  14. One of 2 of the greatest classroom science books, EVER! review by Ellen Peterson on 3/13/2012

    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.

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