Friday, July 11, 2008

Diet Coke and Mentos

My kids just crack me up. We've started giving our kids the choice of cash or a party for their birthday. They also get their choice of a family activity and their choice of a cake. My kids have birthdays about a month apart.

Well last month was my oldest son's birthday. He chose cash. In the past we've literally had the cash they bought what they wanted and I gave them the left over cash when they were done. This past month my husband was the "holder of the cash" and he did buy the two playstation games my son wanted but the excess cash never made it back to my son and he never asked for it. He was happy with his two new games.

Last night the youngest one comes up to me. His birthday is Sunday. He tells me that he wants ME to hold his money because HE wants the left over cash! LOL. He's too smart for his own britches some times! (He's turning 8).

Here are some recent pictures of the boys doing a "diet coke and mentos experiment":

First you go buy 2 liters of diet coke (we bought multiple so both kids could try it). Then you buy a package of mentos (I'd recommend a full pack per bottle - we did half a pack and didn't get the results we really wanted). Then you complete the following steps...

1. Carefully set up the bottle of diet coke in a wide open area. We had a little plastic tube that came with our mentos (at the $1 store!) that was just for "loading". Anyways, get it all set up to go. We also used a small stick to keep the mentos seperate from the coke till everyone backed up.



2. We used a stick to keep the mentos from dropping into the coke until we were ready.



3. Then the appointed child pulls the stick out and RUNS so they don't get doused with diet coke.



4. Enjoy the sight of the spewing diet coke.



I think the record height for this is around 20-30 feet in the air. Ours was more like 10. But we used about a 1/3 of a tube of Mentos. So I'd try a whole pack. Supposedly salt and a few other things also cause an enhanced reaction.

Well, I gotta get ready for work. Have a Happy Friday!

Jane

12 comments:

Littlekel90 said...

That's too funny! My son saw this on Myth Busters, but thankfully he hasn't wanted to try it. LOL Looks like your youngest is running for his life! :D Kel

Seleise said...

hahaha! What fun! Great photos!

Tammy said...

Looks fun!! Sooooo afraid for my boys to even get a look at this experiment.....lol

Tammy
SBS4

Widdle Shamrock said...

How cool is that !!!!!!

That is a must do.

Marcia said...

Yep, we have had our Diet Coke experiments too!!! My husband wants to be on Mythbusters I think!

Jamie said...

This is one of Nicole's favorite things to do! She even did it for her project last year for her book report on natural disasters. She created a volcano!!

StampnInkLady said...

What a fun & neat experiment for the boys Jane! I can't see a better use for Diet Coke either! LOL! Hugs Lori

sparkplug17 said...

That looks like alot of fun! Your little one cracks me up. Hope you guys have a great birthday celebration!

Rose Ann said...

Oh no...not the Diet Coke....lol! Great pictures, Jane!! ;)

Belas Creating Place said...

That bottle explosion is so funny. I just heard about it the other day, my kids were talking about it and now I see it here. Oops, I better listen more closely to my boy's conversations. LOL> Looks like fun.

Jovita said...

Looks like fun... ya know I just saw something on tv last week about Diet Coke and Mentos... I think it was on Meth Busters. It was interesting to watch... I had no idea!

Great pictures ~ Jovi

~KRISTY~ said...

LMAO JANE! I HAVE SEEN THIS ON MYTH BUSTERS AS WELL.. THE BOYS INCLUDING THE "BIG BOY" ALL LOOK LIKE THEY ARE HAVING AN AWESOME TIME!