Fireless Fourth


Quelab’s Fireless Fourth 2022

I (Adric), your humble blogposter have been collecting these ideas and demos and posting every year since 2011.  And while I love fire and booms.  It’s fun to try and scour the internet for ideas that don’t need big flames!  Quelab is based in the middle of the Desert Southwest and fire danger is a real and growing thing in the western United States.  So hopefully some of these ideas will help you wile away the long hours until its dark enough to see a public display, or before you responsibly do your and or your family/friends do your own small fireworks displays.   Remember to always have a hose in the ready,  and a bucket of water.  Avoid setting off fireworks in weeds or near other flammable things.

Anyway on with the links! Keep scrolling down to see them all. As always, I did not write any of these.  I’m linking you to the sources, Please mind your own limits and don’t injure yourself or others. 

Drone dropping things. 
Have a drone?  Perhaps you can follow this instructable to allow it to fly over and drop glow sticks, led/battery “Throwies”, or perhaps some biodegradable confetti?  
https://www.instructables.com/Party-Drone/ 

Bonus link, Cody’s Lab, Dropped a roll of TP from a drone.
https://youtu.be/3hAGfoAobOM 

Fun with Dayglow Dyed Yarn
Can you make firework images with this?
https://youtu.be/c9f-0wT5TFA
Bonus video, some dayglow dyes will actually glow in the dark for a moment, if you get them really cold.
https://youtu.be/3nBk5lNw8Bo 

Dollar Store Water Squirter Vacuum Powered Toy Cars. 

Sound Resonance Powered Soda Bottle Rockets.
Ever blow across a bottle and hear a note? if you play that note, the bottle can puff out periodic directed jets of air, and if you balance them right you can get them to spin in a circle.
https://youtu.be/GJNozc4IfWU 

An Evaporagraph you can make!
An evaporagraph, is a way to use temperature to cause a dew like image on thin plastic.
https://youtu.be/MdCUUy0Wibc 

Fun with dead Fluorescent tubes.  AKA portable 8’ vacuum*
This one does involve ripping the cap off a fluorescent light tube and then breaking the small fill tube while the whole end is under water. are you surprised at how little gas there is in them? keep in mind there is a teeny bit of mercury in the gas, but as you can see it’s pretty teeny. *it would be best to when done, pour the water out and let it evaporate off just to avoid getting any mercury contaminated water into the water system.
https://youtu.be/CrP3Y6u7RHs 

Make Water Droplets Spin like a Teeny Firework
Making soot hydrophobic surfaces and some scratches on it, you can make water do a dance. 

Making a Rainbow of Silver Nano Particles
This one may be beyond most home labs. But it is not super hard
https://youtu.be/v8pko9IlFW4 

Posters printed with pyro mixtures.  
Well this one has some fire, in fact it’s pyrotechnics painted on paper,  but surprisingly the paper in general does not burn, and leaves a image behind.  Which I think is rather fun.
https://hackaday.com/2022/02/11/pyrotechnic-posters-are-fireworks-drawn-on-paper/ 

Small Popcorn Cannon, In the “Shut up and take my money” sort of thing.
I would love to have one of these. while this does need heat/flame, the boom is just from water flashing into steam!
https://www.reddit.com/r/DidntKnowIWantedThat/comments/rqgyxx/shut_up_and_take_my_money/

Here is a list of links to previous years Fireless Fourth Links!

If you have any questions, or ideas, or updates feel free to reach out to me at adric at quelab.net Happy 4th


Quelab’s Fireless Fourth 2020

Merry nearly Independence Day folks.  This has been an odd year!  But I have continued my now nine year tradition of collecting STEM and STEAM and Science demos, links, and craft ideas. This is for folks to have some fun during these long day time hours before the fireworks.  Or instead of the fireworks. Or really any day!  Encouraging all to think outside the box. Expand the holiday from Booms and BBQ’s. Tinkering, and Crafting, and exploring with your family and friends (where social distancing allows)

     As usual New Mexico is in drought conditions,  so if you do play with fireworks, Please Be Safe! Have a hose and a full bucket of water handy.   Wet the surrounding area.  Be mindful of weeds, trees, leaves, and litter and other burning hazards.   

     Due to the Corona virus, many events and parties are canceled, so skim over these and see if there are any good pastimes you want to try out! 

    I hope these links and the list of links for past years posts will keep you all (no matter what your age is) amused and delighted.   

Please share this link with anyone you think might enjoy it.  

-Adric

Links & Ideas:

Bomb Fizz Strawberries, 

Take a 60/40 mix of powdered sugar and baking soda,  combine in a side bowl, then with either freshly washed strawberries, (the tarter the better within reason)  dip the strawberries into the mix and tap to dust off the excess. Now eat them. What does it feel like in your mouth?  -by Adric 

Got a 3dprinter?  You can try printing this bottle opener and bottle cap shooting gun.


https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3915647

Firecracker goop…  poprocks, cornstarch, water, food color…  

https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/06/pop-rock-goop.html

Paper Blooming Water Flower (or is it a firework burst?) 

Paint and paper tubes, to make a pretty good starburst pattern. 

Cute firework creatures.  Not in english.  But you get the drift.  (needs paint, straws, paper, googly eyes)

https://kreativraum24.de/monster-klecksen

Know someone with a few old rusty trailer hitch balls?   You can make a pretty big spark with 2 and some foil.   Video shows with big steel rock crushing balls.  Large ball bearings… Must have round surfaces.


https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/thermite-reaction/

DIY Kalliroscope  must say (mica shimmer powder) works well.  

How To Build A Simple Ferrocell

Make a cold tornado.  Some fans, dry ice and some hot water. 

via Gfycat


https://gfycat.com/hotspicydalmatian 

Cd+ paper pattern, plus a sunbeam = rainbow daytime fireworks. 

Neon pant,  blacklight,  jar of water.   Fun times neon fireworks.  Might be able to use the putting shaving cream trick on this for a glow under blacklight rain storm. In a jar. 

https://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2019/06/glowing-fireworks-experiment.html

Paper plate/stapler  polyhedrals.


https://allfortheboys.com/paper-plate-polyhedron/

A bunch of crayon and heatgun art ideas. (42 in 1)
http://www.cartoondistrict.com/diy-melted-crayon-art-ideas-on-canvas/

3D foil art, Paper/cardboard/canvas some glue and yarn.  Then some more glue and cover with foil.  Rub down, and paint with colored sharpies.   Looks pretty cool. 

http://ourartlately.blogspot.com/2012/02/foil-embossing.html

DIY “laser” maze.  Streamers and tape.  For a harder version, try using cheap painters tape instead of streamers.  Now you have a sticky lazer maze.  https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/diy-hallway-laser-maze-indoor-fun-for-kids.html

Super simple Glue,  Construction Paper and Salt, and food coloring firework craft.


https://www.icanteachmychild.com/salt-absorbing-fireworks/

Simple Bird kite, from paper.  Can even work with no wind.  And tire out the kids. 


http://krokotak.com/2017/06/simple-bird-kite/ 

Paper only Flexigon.  (no tape needed) great travel toy.  6 sided fidget item. 

Suncatchers, Can lid,  clear school glue,  and those flower gems, or flat marbles or whatever you call em.  The lid is just there as a backing for the glue. And is removed when the glue is dry.  

https://www.thejerseymomma.com/2016/12/easy-handmade-diy-suncatchers.html

Got a drone?  Rig up a TP dropper.  Just be sure to clean it up…. I’m guessing toilet paper won’t  be so rare by the 4th.  

Link to 2019-2011 Fireless fourth links:


https://quelab.net/19628/2019-quelabs-fireless-fourth-links-and-ideas/

https://quelab.net/19560/2018-fireless-fourth-4th-of-july-

https://quelab.net/19439/quelab-2017-fireless-fourth-link-list/

https://quelab.net/19282/2016-fireless-forth-ideas-from-quelab/


2019 Quelab’s Fireless Fourth links and ideas!

Smokey the bear Hostile firework stand takeover.

Greetings Folks!  Here we have the ‘2019 Fireless Fourth’ Science and entertainment demos, that are selected from across the web all year, I believe ive been pushing these out to the friends of Quelab for 8 years now!  The goal is to let people learn while having fun, and letting you explore a little science while saving some money, and if you like me live in a very dry, high fire danger place, perhaps you will get a few people an alternative or a supplement to a personal fireworks display. 

Well at the bottom I will link you back to the previous years Fireless  Fourth posts. And as always please share this around! 

On to the new Links! 

Food

Bald Eagles with Oreos.  

Bomb Fizz Strawberries, 

Take a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and baking soda,  and mix, then with either freshly washed strawberries, (the tarter the better within reason)  dip the strawberries into the mix and tap to dust off the excess. Now eat them. What does it feel like in your mouth?   -invention made by Adric 

Light/Sound demos:

How to make Lightning! (simple homemade electrostatic builder)
link to learnplayimagine.com post 

Sidewalk Chalk Rockets!
https://gluesticksblog.com/sidewalk-paint-rockets/

Wax paper dye Resist, fireworks! 

Hurricane in a Jar 

Paper Poppers,  or Bangers! We did this one our first year at Quelab,  but here is a nice version with 3 types, which works best? 

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Popper

Try this with Wristband glowsticks for your own skybloom firework simulator! 

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/leak-proof-bag/

Digital Fireworks:

Have a Hue light & android?  You can synchronize it with firework sounds. 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.ijsdesign.huefireworks

Augmented Reality fireworks, with ability to snap pictures.  (android) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Paradyme.FireshotFree 

Send fireworks,  (Iphone)

Collections:

Summer science fun for kids. 

https://lemonlimeadventures.com/must-try-summer-science-activities-for-kids/

More fun Summer science

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mallorymcinnis/we-ve-got-magic-to-do-just-for-you

Probably not a good idea:

Someone decided to scale up an elephant toothpaste experiment.   And it was amusing. 

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2018 

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2017

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2016

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2015 

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2014

Links from 2013

http://quelab.net/wordpress/9114/quelabs-collection-of-fireless-forth-ideas/

Quelab’s Fireless 4th Links from 2011

http://quelab.net/wordpress/773/non-fire-paper-popperbangercracker/

Please Share this list, anywhere you might find bored grownups or kids!   And if you have further ideas/links email me at adric at quelab.net, put “Fireless Fourth” in the subject.