The summer is officially here and the kids are out of school, but how do you keep them engaged in learning all summer long? Doktor Kaboom, a science comedian, has a ton of fun and interesting ways you can become a rock star to your children by doing crazy science experiments right in your own kitchen.
- Baking soda
- 2 soda bottles
- #4 cork (buy at any hardware store)
Build the rocket by cutting the bottom off of one bottle and taping it over the bottom of the second bottle. Decorate the bottle creatively by adding fins, a name plate, etc. Place 2 tbsp baking soda into a small piece of tissue/ paper towel and roll (this becomes the "power packet"). Now go outside because the rocket will go about 50-100 feet in the air. Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar into the bottle that is still whole, add the "power packet" to the bottle and place cork into open top. Turn upside down and shake for 10 seconds holding the end with the cork in your hands - the rocket will blast off on its own leaving the cork in your hand.
- Shallow dinner plate
- Food coloring
- Liquid dish soap
Fill the plate with milk. Place several drops of food coloring into the milk. Place one drop of dish soap into the center of the plate. The dish soap will break the surface tension which will make the food coloring disperse into fun patterns across the plate.
- Shoe box or other small box
- Plastic sandwich bag
- Stick of incense
Tape the box closed tightly. Cut-off one end of the box and tape part of the sandwich bag across that end of the box. In the opposite end, cut a hole the size of a quarter in the center. The adult should do all of the cutting. Light the incense (again, the adult should light this), stick the incense into the hole and hold there for approx 30 seconds. Take out the incense and flick the bag. Smoke rings will shoot out the opposite side - the air is in the shape of a vortex and the smoke helps us see that shape.
Doktor Kaboom will be performing at all four public libraries on the Peninsula the first week of July.
July 1 free performances:
- Clallam Bay at 1pm
- Forks at 5pm
July 2 free performances:
- Sequim at 10:30am
- Port Angeles at 1pm
For more information on upcoming shows and to purchase a DVD of more science you can do at home with your children and Doktor Kaboom visit www.DoktorKaboom.com