Glow Sticks and Mountain Dew

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  1. Mamacita

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    Those of us who spend time on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites have seen a lot of pins, etc, about breaking glow sticks and adding the liquid inside to bubble stuff, Mountain Dew, etc. Please don't do this.

    Glow sticks have glass inside; besides that, the liquid itself is composed of chemicals that can be quite dangerous. Besides, even if your bubble stuff glows, your bubbles won't.

    The Mountain Dew thing is entirely fake.

    Be careful with glow sticks. They're harmless and fun when used properly, but if you use them carelessly, or fall for hoaxes that can endanger your children, glow sticks can be terribly hazardous.
     
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    Thanks for the timely warning, Mamacita!
     
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    Thank you. That was actually on my to do list this summer.

    Next! S'mores anyone?
     
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    I hadn't heard of this before, but thanks for the warning!

    cut- I'll have some smores with you! :D
     
  6. Mamacita

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    We make our s'mores outside, using a solar oven made from pizza boxes. Then we make ice cream in baggies.

    That's how we roll at my house. (And at work.)
     
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    I haven't had s'mores in forever, I'm in!
     
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    I am glad you posted that because I keep seeing all kinds of posts on pinterest about breaking open glow sticks. I always thought you were never supposed to do that!
     
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    That's too bad. I was planning of doing that with my nieces. I thought they would get a kick out of it since they love their lava lamps and night lights.
     
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    Hmm, with as hot as it has been, do we even need the pizza box? :D
     
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    Looks like I found a new experiment!
     
  13. time out

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    Don't know a lot about the mountain dew experiment but here's something you can do to simulate lava lamps.

    http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/bubbling-lava-lamp
     
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    When I was little we would cut the ends off the glow necklaces and swing them around (kind of like a lasso) and the glow stuff would splatter the walls. It was really cool to fall asleep to the crazy glow splatters. I am still alive. I don't know if they have changed what is inside of them or if I just lived dangerously. :)
     
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    Thanks for the warning.

    We did s'mores the last couple of nights while we were at the lake. Reese's Cups one of the nights. Yum!

    Planning on doing those and pizzas in homemade solar ovens with my kids soon too. How do you make ice cream in a bag? Sounds like something we'd like!
     
  16. Mamacita

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    Ice cream in a baggie is so much fun!

    Give each person a sandwich-size zipper bag and a gallon-size zipper bag.

    In each small bag, put 1/2 cup half-and-half, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.

    In each gallon bag, put 3 cups of crushed ice and 1/3 cup salt.

    Seal the small bag securely, and put it inside the gallon bag. Seal the gallon bag securely.

    Squeeze, shake, toss, and roll the bags until the ingredients have thickened; this will take about 15 minutes.

    Carefully remove the small bag, still sealed, and run it under clean water to remove the salt.

    Unseal it and eat it with a spoon.

    Kids love this activity, and the ice cream is so good, adults like it, too. Just be sure your kids don't accidentally pop the bags while they're squeezing them, and be sure to rinse all the salt off before you let them start eating it.

    That's all there is to it. It's a fun summer (or any time, really) activity.
     
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    I tried this Friday night. We had our family reunion so there were quite a few cousins sleeping ovrr...I told them about it ahead of time and we couldn't wait for it to get dark...only to find that the glowing liquid sinks to the bottom and even if we dripped it on the wand it didn't glow once blown....dissapointed kids! :(
     
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    We rubbed them all over our bodies and faces! :haha:
     
  19. JustMe

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    To the people who start these silly things...why? I would like to think they are not older than fifteen, but I doubt that's accurate.
     
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    We've done it 2x with our Pre-K Summer program, AND it is a hit!
    We're doing it again next week.

    Snow cones anyone?
    Rebel1
     

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