February 2, 2013

Planned Explosion

Life with boys is full of noise, dirt, surprises, fun, and - as we proved recently - explosions. Thankfully, this explosion was planned, and a lot of fun!

Trent went with his father to see Wreck It Ralph, a video game themed movie, and the previews showed (for some reason I can't fathom...) how you could put Mentos in Diet Coke to make the drink erupt like a volcano. (If you haven't heard of a Mento, it is a chewy candy / breath mint.)

Of course, like any boy (or grown man), my son (and his father) decided that it was "necessary" to do this science experiment.

So off we went to purchase Mentos and Diet Coke, and we set out for the neighborhood field where we would be OK if things went wrong. It took two tries to figure it out - we had to put a handful of Mentos into the bottle to see fizz, but it made a good show and the 6 year old was thrilled. Luckily, it all went as planned!