New Mexico and much of the west is a huge tinderbox. The city, County and state have various firework bans going.
So here is a few passtimes you can do without fire or atleast with a very minimal chance of bigger fire.
-How about something that can be done in the kitchen, Food coloring falling explosions!
Just need a tall jar, vegetable oil water and food coloring instructions can be found here. http://chemistry.about.com/od/4thofjulychemistry/a/waterfireworks.htm Some little LED flashlights can be fun for lighting up individual drops.
-Two years ago we brought you the link for another Kitchen idea, involving whole milk, food coloring and a little dish soap http://quelab.net/wordpress/767/safe-non-fire-fireworks/
-Or last year, the Folded paper banger. http://quelab.net/wordpress/773/non-fire-paper-popperbangercracker/
-Firecracker likesound? how about a bomb bag? http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Bomb-Bag/
-How about Mentos and Diet coke? http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/diet-coke-and-mentos-minimyth.htm
Or Even how about a mentos and coke rocket? http://wtwii.files.wordpress.com/2006/08/mentosrocket.jpg
-Popsicle Stick bombs? http://www.instructables.com/id/Popsicle-Stick-Bomb/
Or even more on stick bombs, including how to make very long Domino type chain reactions. http://www.lunatim.com/kinart/stickhistory.htm
-Sad you cant write your name in the air with a sparkler? how about setting up a camera for some Light painting? (Quelab has done one workshop on this, hopefully in our next space we will have more room to do this type of thing! http://petapixel.com/2013/05/28/how-to-put-together-a-beginners-light-painting-kit/
-Fireworks in your mouth? You ever had poprocks? Its a little tricky to make candy with liquid co2 at home, but you can make a very similar confection! http://www.instructables.com/id/Pop-Rocks/
Crazy Russian Hacker, and Household hacker teamed up to show you how to make elephant toothpaste or a kind of form of silly string. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OvHkBBpQXo
From the random file i have,
-Glowsticks! They are awesome on their own, but for science abuse, not bright enough? try microwaving them for 5 seconds (careful if you do it too long they can melt or leak), if its no brighter after 5, give it another 5, but no more than 15 seconds total!
-bubblewrap! who needs firecrackers if you can pop or jump on or runover with a bike bubblewrap!
-Sprinklers or Slipnslide fun!
What are your ideas?
Please share this around! These are just a few of the many ways Quelab wants you to be creative and have fun!
Quelab just compiled most of these links the credit goes directly to the people who made these for coming up with great posts on these subjects!
Happy 4th of July for you all!