Such a lovely little book I have from the library for today's explosion. 'Crisp Packet Fireworks- or Maverick Science to try at home' is by Naked Scientists Chris Smith and Dave Ansell (there's no photo of them sadly or perhaps thankfully)(I'm not sure they mean that sort of naked anyway) and is a small volume packed full of ever so slightly dangerous FUN with properly explained science and application of said fun too.
I've recently become a shameless pilferer of other people's science experiments on Pinterest in the cause of rainy day entertainment and now have a cupboard full of microwaveable soap, food colouring and corn flour etc. But this book has tons more ideas, all in one place, and all with a bit of Good Science attached. Hurray!
But...but...but... Despite being published only in 2008- it appears to have gone out of print. Nooooo! Don't you hate it when that happens to Nice Books? I would normally now not review it- but I'm sticking with it because a. It's in my library- so hopefully will be in yours and b. It DOES appear to still be in print in the US on Amazon where it's called 'Spectacular Science- Exciting experiments to try at home' instead and c. we all really wanted to make a Cola Volcano for today's explosion. I hope you'll forgive us.
Each experiment in the book starts with clear instructions and a photo of what to expect, then explains in some detail why it works and then gives some application to the real world.
This is the photo which drew us in to choosing to try a volcano:
All we needed was a bottle of coke and a packet of polo mints threaded onto a straw to drop in at speed and we were away.
Then Muggins here (don't you love the term 'Muggins here') thought we'd go one step further, having read the explanation and try and recreate the St. Helen's effect by putting the lid back on with a small hole drilled for added oomph with the second bottle- as seen here.
'You take the photos this time Bill- I'll add the mints' 'Okay Mum.'
My scalp is now itchy from sugar- off to the shower.
Maybe no more sugar based explosions this week.
pub New Holland isbn 978-1-84537-981-0