Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mythbusters birthday party

Danger Girl turned 10 not too long ago. Right now, her favorite show is Mythbusters and really wanted a party on that theme.

We started with these really fun invites (and here's the printable!)

And Leelee made a sign welcoming everyone to M5. (Really, she was looking for any excuse not to read her homework.)

I didn't make any really awesome snacks, focusing instead of some pretty fun activities.

The first order of business was to watch an episode of the show. We chose one related to the experiments we were going to do.

And, we completely ignored the warnings of "Do Not Try This At Home."

Trust me, this you can and should try at home...

Diet Coke and Mentos!

Each child had her own bottle of diet coke and dropped four mentos to get this awesome effect. I wish we would have had more than one per person. It was just so much fun! And because the experiment uses up all the CO2 in the soda, you can't reuse the soda once the mentos drop. The kids tried. 

After creating a totally sticky mess, the kids washed up for our next explosive experiment

Alka Seltzer Rockets

To decorate our rockets, we used this printable from Oh My Crafts

Basically, you take 35 mm film canisters and fill them with water or soda. Then you drop  1/4 of an Alka Seltzer tablet in, replace the lid and shake. These things really POP. We had to remind the smaller kids not to point the lid end at anyone.

When we ran out of Alka Seltzer, the kids had enough science know-how to figure out you can also launch the rockets using Pop Rocks.

For party favors, the kids were sent home with their own little myth to bust (and a reminder that I wouldn't actually send a dangerous experiment home!)

Danger Girl LOVED her party. L-O-V-E-D it.

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  1. What a fun party! Something those kids will remember forever. Happy Birthday, Danger Girl! laurie

  2. Oh, gosh, that sounds like so much fun! I'd love a birthday party like that. :)

  3. Cute ideas! Looks like they had a good time! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, D@TheShady Porch

  4. That is such a fun show, I LOVE that your daughter loves science!! Looks like a really fun party!

  5. What a fun idea for a party. I bet the kids had a blast! pun intended. :)

  6. We love this show!! You did an amazing job here! Love it!!

    Thanks for sharing.



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