Pretty much everyone has done the Mentos Diet Coke Experiment, right? But what about Chemistry with Soap, or maybe Physics, with Straw Balloon Rocket Blasters? Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments has those projects, and more! I was sent this book for review, but all opinions are 100% my own.
I've never really been a science person. Grammar? Yes. Science? No. With that being said, the girls love doing science experiments, so I help out when I can. We read through this book and picked the easiest experiment possible. I figure, I can't screw this one up… right?
What I liked most about Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments is that most of the experiments can be done with items we already have around the house. The Mentos and Diet Coke were the exception, but I'm sure plenty of households have those at some point or another.
Mentos Diet Coke Experiment
The wind was blowing, and unfortunately the video didn't pick up what Nell was saying. So, the girls chose a song to put over it. :)
For this experiment, you literally just need a big bottle of Diet Coke, and some Mentos. Open the Diet Coke, drop the Mentos in, and STEP BACK!
This book is written in a very fun format – it's almost as if the author is sitting there doing the experiments with you. And the best part is… if you mess up, you just start over again! I'm using this book to teach my girls that science is fun!
Mike Adamick (San Francisco, CA) is the author of Dad's Book of Awesome Projects (Adams Media, 2013) and a stay-at-home dad who writes for the Adventures in Learning science blog at PBS.org, The San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Radio, Disney's parenting website, Babble.com, and the Daddy Issues column on Jezebel.com. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Details magazine, The New York Observer, NPR, and other media outlets.