Thursday, April 30, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - God's "Explosive" Joy

With the stay-at-home orders for the past month and a half or so, our grandchildren/ children are likely to be feeling "cabin fever". Consider trying the following activities with them - especially with the nicer weather outside - and arrange to either meet up (you could keep a distance since these projects are outside projects) or arrange with their parents to connect on-line and do these projects "together" virtually. "Will it Explode/Make a Mess" with the Diet Coke/Mentos experiment, Elephant Toothpaste experiment and the exploding Watermelon (using rubber bands) experiment will actively engage the children you love; and yes, a mess was made in all three experiments!

Along with making a fun mess, you will be able to talk about how these experiments remind us of how when we make the choice to love, know and walk with God, our lives will have many surprises, and His joy will flow - or explode - out of us!

If you would like to try any of these experiments with your grandchildren, you will need the following supplies . . .

  • Paper lunch bag - one per child
  • 16oz Diet Coke - one per child - must be Diet Coke
  • One package Mentos - one per child
  • 1/2 cup peroxide - per child
  • 1 T yeast - per child
  • 3 T warm water - per child
  • Food coloring
  • Squirt dish soap - per child
  • Watermelon - one for all of you to work on
  • at least 300-400 3 1/2" rubber bands
  • Safety glasses - insist they wear them - especially with the melon project
Set out the supplies - I suggest outside as they do make a mess. When my grandsons and I did these projects last summer, we started with the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment, so they were able to reuse the empty, and rinsed out bottles for the elephant toothpaste experiment. Put the mentos into the soda and stand back!

Rinse bottles add peroxide, food coloring and soap, then mix yeast and warm water and add to bottle - stand back!

Set watermelon on a table and take turns putting rubber bands around the water melon - try to keep rubber bands in the middle of the melon. Continue - takes about ten to twenty minutes depending on the melon and how well the children put the rubber bands in the middle. It will "explode"!

Take photos!

Talk about how when they love, know and walk with God, His joy will definitely "explode" out of them!


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