When you were a kid, didn’t you want to make things and blow stuff up? I know I
did do. So when I heard Mike Adamick, author of Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects, was releasing a follow-up book on April 18, 2014 called Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments, I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. You can get your copy beginning on April 18, 2014 on Amazon.com.
Whether they want to know why leaves change colors or why they get dizzy when they spin around, kids’ curiosity know no limits – and the same goes for dad. With Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments, fathers, sons and daughters take that curiosity to the next level with projects so engrossing that no one will whine about turning off the TV. Inside, families will find step-by-step instructions and photographs for all kinds of experiments like exploding candy and floating ice.
From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family. – Mike Adamick, author of Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects
Even though each of these experiments can be tossed together with supplies found around the house, I decided to stop at the education supply store to pick up a few items to really make our experiments pop. The key secret supply I picked up was the Geyser Tube for use with the Mentos and Coke rocket to really make it shoot high in the air.
Now that we had our supplies, it was time to do some experiments. The first thing we did was sit together and flip through the book looking for the awesome experiments we wanted to do together. In the end we picked 7 different experiments with varying inputs and outputs. We chose to make soap clouds, float grapes in water, straw balloon rocket blasters, floating water, mentos and coke rockets, a paper birdcage, a marshmallow pulse keeper and a sweet volcano. I’m not going to go into detail about each of those experiments, but rest assured the book includes all of the step by step instructions you need to be able to perform each of them.
Out of all of the experiments we performed, PJ liked the balloon rocket blasters and the mentos and coke rockets. You’ll be able to tell from his reactions in the videos below.
Together with my son, we spent an entire afternoon performing experiments from Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments. We. Had. A. BLAST! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to blow stuff up and generally have a great time.
About the Author:
San Francisco, CA | MikeAdamick.com
Mike Adamick is the author of Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects and a stay-at-home dad who writes for the San Francisco Chronicle’s parenting blog, The Poop, KQED Radio, and the Daddy Issues column on Jezebel.com. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Details Magazine, MSNBC, NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Observer, among other media outlets.
Disclaimer: I was provided an advance copy of Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are definitely my own.