5 Safe Chemical Reaction “Exploding” Activities
As soon as The Homeschool Scientist posts the free monthly calendar we check out what science experiments we want to try.
July 16th immediately caught the boy’s eye, “First atomic bomb was exploded in New Mexico – 1945”
We read an interesting article about the first test.
A crater from which all vegetation had vanished, with a diameter of 1200 feet and a slight slope toward the center, was formed. In the center was a shallow bowl 130 feet in diameter and 6 feet in depth. The material within the crater was deeply pulverized dirt. The material within the outer circle is greenish and can be distinctly seen from as much as 5 miles away. The steel from the tower was evaporated. 1500 feet away there was a four-inch iron pipe 16 feet high set in concrete and strongly guyed. It disappeared completely.
Since Radioactive material in small quantities was located as much as 120 miles away, we checked to see how many miles from New Mexico we live. Thankfully over a few thousand miles.
5 Chemical Reaction Activities:
Water Bombs – water bombs are safe and easy water play. Especially safe for little ones. Simply cut sponges in half, and then in half again. Twist tie or rubber band sponge pieces at their center together.
Paint Bombs – art has never been more fun. Follow our step by step directions how to make them because it’s a trick getting the paint into the water balloons.
Bath Bombs – boys need to smell good after a long day of explosions. Explode your bath time with this recipe.
Exploding Soda – who doesn’t love a good Mentos YouTube Video? This dad even makes a Mentos exploding rocket!
Exploding Bag – we love the erupting volcano experiment, but it’s gotten a bit old. I found these instructions to make the same experiment a little more exciting! However, only 1 of our 4 bags actually “exploded”. After a lot of frustrated shaking on my part. I might have been the brand – baking soda was not Arm & Hammer. (after the experiment I was told the words “explode” and “pop” are not the same).