~I received Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Many of my husband’s favorite Father’s Day gifts are ones he can enjoy with all of us or that the boys make for him. Over the years we’ve made t-shirts, garden stones, personalized baseballs and much more! When I was offered the chance to review Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick, I knew it would be perfect for our Father’s Day Picks!
We decided to share one of the Rainbow Water Stack experiments. This was Option 3: Sweet, Delicious Density Treat! It also happens to be a great 4th of July Picnic Punch!
Here’s the excerpt for how to do this experiment and it also shows Mike Adamick’s personality and how it comes through the instructions. Just as a note, you’re supposed to use Diet 7-Up or Diet Sprite for the ‘white’. My husband accidentally picked up Diet Mountain Dew so we used that!
Sweet, Delicious Density Treat: First things first. Fill your glass with ice. And when I say fill, I mean fill! Pour just enough red fruit punch or cranberry juice to create a bottom layer in your glass. Don’t fill up to halfway. Now, very, very slowly, pour in your blue Gatorade over the ice. You should notice the blue layer appears to float atop the red. Wait a tiny bit for things to settle. Now take your clear diet soda or sparkling water and pour super slowly over the ice. It should float at the top. Enjoy your red, white, and blue sugar buzz!
It worked out perfectly! Of course, someone had to test it out to see if it was a ‘sweet treat’; so we enlisted Teen to do that job. He really loved it so we all had to make our own!
One of the best things is that the author shares with kids the importance of failure and how that is a part of science. Some of the experiments aren’t all that easy, some we’ve had to do half a dozen times to get to work, but that is a part of Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments ‘Scientific Method’.
- Observe an activity or phenomenon.
- Come up with a possible explanation – your hypothesis.
- Use your hypothesis to make predictions about the activity or phenomenon.
- Experiment! Test your predictions. Get your hands dirty.
- Come to a conclusion about your hypothesis and its ability to predict the activity.
Not only is this book a great gift for dad, but children receive the gift of knowledge through fun experimentation, the wonder of discovery and the joy of scientific exploration.