Sunday, 25 January 2009

Return to Planet Geek

So, I've been making lots of things, finishing off unfinished projects, stashbusting - and taking no photos at all because I forget when it's light and bright and only remember when it's dark or grey or rainy. Hopeless.

So, instead, here's a little video inspired by something we saw on a Brainiac rerun before Christmas (speaking of which, if those of you with little people haven't seen Richard Hammond's Blast Lab, it's worth a peek). As you know, this *is* the House of Kiddie Science and it's always fun to rope Mr DC into the proceedings. So we present - Bottle Rockets! Some warm water, a couple of Alka Seltzer and a plastic bottle with a sports cap (that bit is vital). Fasten your seatbelts and away we go ...

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27 comments:

  1. Woooooooo! That went a long way the second time - brilliant!

    I was thinking about you this morning, thinking I hadn't 'seen' you for a while. So glad you popped up.

    Take care :-) x

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  2. BRILLIANT!
    We used to do something similar with a pump when I was little, and I have resounding memories of doing something similar again with a packet of mentos in a bottle of cola. Very funny, and definately worth trying with tiny and tall next time you get a chance
    x

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  3. This absolutely made our day. Both lads and their visiting friend leapt up from the puppet show they were doing to see the video. Then the older two wandered away but Little Lad climbed onto my lap and demanded to see it again. Four times in a row we watched. And he is yearning to do it himself. (Loved the squeals and giggles - and how magical to hear your voice!)

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  4. How fantastic, what a genius you are! My lot would love this - hmm, I wonder if it would work in freezing cold temperatures?

    Thanks for the Richard Hammond link. Must check tomorrow if we can get alka seltzer anywhere....

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  5. The anticipation of waiting for it to take off was killing me! What a fabulously messy way to spend a day.

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  6. FANTASTIC! I bet those little cookies were so excited (I was!)

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  7. that looked like so much fun! loved all the squeals and giggles!

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  8. Very impressive!! Mark is a huge fan of Richard Hammond's Blast Lab - they're bringing out a range of books too.

    And does that ominous bottle of Coke on the table signify that this is not the last of the DC household's science fun?

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  9. Thats funny, my son watched that for the first time this weekend, he loved it!

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  10. Oooooooo! what fun! I looked at it earlier on the laptop which doesn't have sound, so just had to come back to hear the squeals of glee!

    Hope there's loads more geekery from the DC household in 2009 :-)

    Celia

    PS: love the slight panic in Mr DC as the fizz starts and he hasn't quite put the top on the bottle.

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  11. Oh your having lots of fun! Also I have an award waiting for you on my blog. r x

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  12. Amazing! Fun find--thanks for sharing it with us! Give us a little geek peek anytime! ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  13. Fantastic!!! - but such a shame I don't have sound on my computer because I would have loved to have heard everything too!

    Lucy xxx

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  14. Wonderful, I loved watching this, it was the commentary and wooos that made it for me.

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  15. that looked such fun! brilliant.

    xxx

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  16. Thats soooo funny - its your squeal that got me - who was enjoying it the most??!!

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  17. Great! Thank you!!!! My youngest loves Richard Hammond's programme too
    Kimx

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  18. OMG I am nearly peeing my pants laughing!
    My kids will LOVE that, thanks for sharing#xxx

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  19. Love the little video, I must try this with the kids so cool!!

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  20. Weeeeeeee gotta have ago at this, super cool fun, do think Hammie will show me what to do in person... Emmmmm

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  21. Oh...I'm sorry....I'm almost crying here.....ha ha ha ha....awesome rocket action there Mr DC!!

    The build up to the grand finale was well worth waiting for - especially seeing Mr DC nearly jump out of his skin when it 'launched'!!!

    Fantastic work :-)

    xxx

    p.s.I listened with the sound off so now have to go back to hear the squeals and giggles!!

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  22. Oh wow - even better with the commentary and giggles!!

    Good to hear you taking on the management role Val ;-)

    xxx

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  23. Ooh, I wanna try it. Maybe away from home - with my luck it would head straight for the neighbour's side window...

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  24. It reminds me of the coke and mentos thing!

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  25. Fantastic! Our science teacher makes those at school in the summer with the large bottles and a baking soda concoction, they're every child's favourite.
    Thanks for the Blast Lab tip - my two will love watching those.

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  26. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT - I love it. What a great outdoor entertainment. Thanks for the Hammond link I'll get the children on it later......

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