Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wizard's Brew

The boys and I had the pleasure of going to an awesome science themed birthday party this week for a sweet family friend.  The birthday boy's mother is also a former PC Friar.  I have no idea why we never really got to know each other in college, we had to both move below the Mason Dixion line to become close friends. Crazy right!?!

While I cannot claim to have had anything to do with this party, I had to share some of the details with all of you.  Former Friar S really put a ton of thought and love it this birthday bash.  When we got to the party each child was given a lab coat, name tag, gloves and lab goggles.  All the kids looked so cute!  There was even a little "photo booth" area to capture their smiling faces.

The kiddos all participated in several science experience.  But my boys loved making the "Wizard's Brew" the best.  It was a fun experiment that showed the kids what happens when vinegar and baking soda mix.

Wizard's Brew

Mixing vinegar and baking soda creates lots of tiny gas bubbles.  The bubbles then churn up the dish-washing liquid soap, making even more super fun and messy foam!

Here's what you need:
Baking Soda
Liquid Dish-soap
Glass jar
Food Coloring

Here's what you do:
1. Place the jar on the tray or cookie sheet.
2. Fill the jar halfway with vinegar.
3. Add a couple of drops of food coloring and some glitter.
4. Stir in a good squirt of dish-soap.
5. Add a rather large heaping tablespoon of baking soda, then sit back and let the foaming begin!

Every child at the party just loved this experiment, boys and girls.  I mean what kids does not love to make a mess?  Especially a colorful foaming and overflowing mess!  (By the way, I loved how we used Mason jars.  I stand by my statement that there is nothing that you can't do with a Mason jar!)

And if the Wizard's brew was not cool enough, all of the kids got to watch as the birthday boy's father dropped some Mentos into a bottle of Coke.  M thought it was "cooler than fireworks!"  Both boys were over the moon when they saw that their goodie bags had a stick of Mentos and all of the experiments from the party.  

I have a feeling that as soon as the weather gets warmer we might be doing some Mentos experiments in our backyard!


  1. Funny, we had a mad scientist party for our sons when they were 10 and it was just like that....lots of great things to learn and to watch pop, fizzle and spew. Who knew about mentos and coke? I think I might have to try that.
    Looks like fun fun fun.

  2. What a fun party! My Nicolas would love this!

  3. That's a cool Mom. Keep her as a friend!

  4. That is such a creative party idea!! The teacher in me is loving it!


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