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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mad Scientist Party

The party was great except for the amount of guests. Only three of the eight kids invited came. But after doing experiments with only four 9-11 year olds, I couldn’t imagine eight kids asking questions at the same time.

We actually got started ½ hour later than planned because we were waiting on the guests to arrive. We did the following experiments:
1. Marshmallow and toothpick towers.
2. Elephant’s toothpaste (Hydrogen peroxide, Dawn, and yeast) This one did not go as planned. But the yeast finally activated and we got some action.
3. GLOP (Cornstarch and water)
4. Alka-Seltzer explosions (Water and Alka-Seltzer in a old film canister)
5. GAK (Elmer’s glue and liquid starch)
6. Dry Ice. We put it in water and watched it smoke. Then we added food coloring. Then we added Dawn dish detergent. They were more into the smoke instead of bubbles so we started over again. Then I warmed up coins and pressed them against the ice. This according to JD sounding like a "piglet squealing."
7. Ever microwaved an Ivory soap bar? It was cool. We only nuked 1/2 a bar and it almost filled up our whole small microwave. It grew like a giant marshmallow.
8. We did not get to do the colored milk, Insta-snow, cabbage chemistry, or egg in a bottle experiments because we ran out of time.
9. Our finale was a Diet Coke and Mento’s geyser. The boys like this more than the girls.

The cake this year was a cupcake cake. I had planned to do a volcano cake with the dry ice and a beaten egg yolk, but that experiment failed last night. So I took the cake and just put glass bowls with dry ice in them. It was smoking like crazy. The candles all had different colored flames. It was cool.

He got exactly what he wanted for his birthday: cash, Axis and Allies, Cube World people, a model, and a WII. (Wee)


1 comment:

  1. How wonderful........ can not believe I did
    not get to come this year. Still sad. Love the movie. Thank you for all the time you take to post for us.