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Scientist Birthday Party

Gabe’s 8th birthday party with his friends had a scientist theme.  We got lab coats with embroidered patches with the kids’ names on each one. It was adorable:

Playing Before the Experiments

Playing Before the Experiments

For the first experiment we made slime.  We used water, Elmer’s glue, borax, food coloring, and glitter (optional).  This was a fun hands on expirment with a lot of gross but fun factor.  I’d definately recommend this one again.

First Experiment - SLIME!

First Experiment - SLIME!

The second experiment was called Elephant’s Toothpaste (that’s what the science teachers call it) but I prefer calling it foamy bottles, as the kids were extremely tempted to eat it or try to brush their teeth with it!  It’s made using hydrogen peroxide, yeast, water, dish soap, and food coloring (optional).  This was a hit and miss.  For some kids – it worked like a charm – lots of warm (it’s an exothermic reaction) blue foam came pouring out of the bottles.  For others – total duds.  We figured out it has to do with the yeast – some packets were more active then others.  So if I was to do this one again – I’d make sure to have lots of extra packets on hand just in case.

Second Experiment - Foamy Bottles!

Second Experiment - Foamy Bottles!

Our third and last experiment was the infamous Diet Coke and Mentos Geysers!  I’m sure many of you have seen the videos on YouTube, or on tv.  Gabe saw this on “Myth Buster” and knew right then this had to be part of his party.  When you drop Mentos into Diet Coke, it causes all the carbonation to instantly leave the bottle, very quickly.  We rigged up a way for the kids to do easily by drilling a hole in the cap of the bottle, threading 4 mentos onto a pipe cleaner, threading that through the hole, then attaching a stick on top.  When they pull the stick, the mentos fall into the bottle and the geyser erupts – 20 to 30 feet into the sky!

Third Experiment - Mentos and Diet Coke Geysers!

Third Experiment - Mentos and Diet Coke Geysers!

This was a huge hit with the kids – they loved this one best!  I was surprised at how many of the kids wanted to drink the Diet Coke – some even tried to drink it while the pop was shooting up (and it was flat, minty coke too – yeeeck).  You can’t really get the full effect of this experiment from photos – so we made a little movie of it:

Movie of the Mentos Geysers - Click to watch

Movie of the Mentos Geysers - Click to watch

All in all – I think it was a terrific party and I think Gabe has made some wonderful memories.  This will be one birthday we’re going to talk about for years to come!

Happy Birthday Gabe!

Happy Birthday Gabe!

To view even more images of the party (two dozen!) please view the album:

Scientist Birthday Party

Gabe's 8th Birthday Party

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Happy Birthday, Gabe!

So sorry this post is late, kiddo!  I meant to make this nice wonderful post on your actual birthday, raving about all the cool things you do.  Somehow your birthday always sneaks up on me and this year was particularly bad – we were sooooo busy these last couple of weeks.

So thank you for be such a good kid, and putting up with how busy life gets.  Thank you for being patient, when right now, it seems everything is all about Lily.  Thank you for being such a good brother to her.  Thank you for being such a wonderful little helper.  Thank you for pretty much handling school on your own this year – you’re fantastic the way you now just sit down when you get home from school and do your homework independently for the most part (the spelling, capitalization, and punctuation still get you sometimes).  Thank you for just being you – our amazing, smart, little (but not so little) guy who’s going to grow up to be an inventor/builder extraordinaire!

Gabe building his PC

Gabe building his PC

Gabe got a PC for his birthday this year.  He wanted a computer when he was 4, but we told him he’d have to wait till he was 8.  Little did we know he would remember that and tell us all the time about how he he gets his ‘puter when he turns 8.  We gave him a big box full of parts though – he had to put his computer together himself (with a little help from Dad).

Pictures from his school birthday party will be up soon!

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