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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/


Quelab’s 2017 Fireless Fourth Link List!

The fourth of July is nearly upon us!  So in preparation I bring you my collection of fireless ideas  for entertaining kids and adults alike on this holiday!  At the end will be links to the 2013-2016.   If you celebrate with fireworks or without, some of these may help you out!  pass the time and have fun, and if you celebrate with fireworks, please do it responsibly,  keep a hose handy,  a bucket of water to quench the deads,  and common sense.

 

 

 

 

Well here is this years list!

 

500 drones with lights?? Substitute for skyblooms?

Here are a bunch(15) of things to try out!
http://lemonlimeadventures.com/15-science-experiments-pop-fizz-crackle/ http://lemonlimeadventures.com/15-science-experiments-pop-fizz-crackle/

5 minute cheap and mostly color related science experiments safe for kids and adults (bunches of ideas here!!!)

5 Minute Science Experiments for Kids

I think there has been basically this idea in every one of my Fireless Fourth, posts since 2011 or so, but each year i find slightly better versions, painted firework blooms

Firework Salt Painting

Stained glass picture frames, (make still life window fireworks)

Stained Glass Art

Easy Starburst Wall Art.

Easy DIY Star Burst Wall Art

Hotdog firecrackers.
http://www.popsugar.com/food/Firecracker-Hot-Dog-Recipe-37777925

Crackling Goop!
http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/06/pop-rock-goop.html

Blacklight Fun!
http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/09/glowing-oil-water-experiment.htmlhttp://www.lilmoocreations.com/science-for-kids-overnight-crystal-garden/

Here is a simple toy, to amuse, says toddlers, i’m pretty sure i know enough adults who would play too….
http://frugalfun4boys.com/2013/07/03/preschool-play-with-magnets-and-pipe-cleaners/

Overnight crystal garden. Red White and Blue!
http://www.lilmoocreations.com/science-for-kids-overnight-crystal-garden/

Not sky blooms, but it gives you the option to make colorful blooms!

Colour Changing Flowers Experiment

Exploding Sidewalk chalk!
http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/05/play-recipe-sidewalk-chalk.html

Rainbow bubble snake maker!

Rainbow Bubble Snakes

Train your kids to be ninja superheros.
http://www.brassyapple.com/2013/05/diy-laser-maze-kids-activity.html

A quick selection of fireless amusements from Steve Spangler

So simple a photo can explain it.
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/ba/b8/d3/bab8d3047e33cb17bc8e9900b86ec709.jpg

Another single photo idea (well it’s a composite, but who’s counting?!?)
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/5d/df/1d/5ddf1d1a4c27fea9fdbc13f29ed86716.jpg

 


Quelab past fireless fourth links.

2016

2015

2014

2013

All links and ideas are rights of the perspective creators,  i just collected most of these not responsible for misuse or damage or danger caused by any of these.


2016 Fireless Fourth Ideas From Quelab

FireBadThis 4th of July, many of us near Albuquerque are living with the fresh memory of the Dog Head Fire — 17 thousand acres just went poof! — a few miles out of town, it’s now considered 95% contained, but as hot and fierce as it burned, it’s important to continue looking for fireless ways for people to celebrate. Since 2012 I (Adric) have collected ideas for sending out to friends, and Quelab friends.

I know my mother, who supported the responsible use of fireworks to entertain us kids, hated anything that went boom or whistled. (and if it flew in the air, it was pretty much forbidden by our county firework laws) This naturally made me love and lust for anything that whistled, boomed, or flew in the air. But her lessons on knowing where to safely set up fireworks, how to set up buckets and hoses and all to make sure we could contain anything that did start to burn, and other general safety ideas did stick with me. I’m not in favor of banning personal fireworks, but i do plead that everyone who uses them please be careful and responsible!

On with the Fireless Stuff!
Some of these can be combined as entertainment before and after the fireworks (no matter if it’s a big stadium display or your own small home one).

All ages ideas:

A bazooka that does not explode — and despite the fact it sucks, it throws a pingpong ball or paper ball pretty far!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Vacuum-cleaner-Bazooka/

Smoke ring cannon, with dry ice fog
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dry-Ice-Smoke-Ring-Cannon-No-fog-machine-necessa/

Salt paint fireworks, (might be fun to setup some blowgun targets with paintballs and see if salt will stick to the “paint”) …
http://busymommymedia.com/firework-salt-painting/

Fourth of July slime
http://www.pleasantestthing.com/4th-july-activity-make-slime

Dish brush painted fireworks
http://www.craftymorning.com/kids-fireworks-craft-using-dish-brush/

Wind twirls
http://happyhooligans.ca/patriotic-wind-twirlers-paper-towel-rolls/

Make pretty giant stars out of nothing but paperbags and glue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAYLq1k264I

Bubblewrap machine gun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76usvBPZbSk

On the food front we have:

Alton Brown’s Favorite 4th recipes
http://altonbrown.com/alton-browns-july-4th-recipes/

Stained Glass Jello
http://www.instructables.com/id/Stained-Glass-Jello/

Red White and Blue Layered Drinks for kids.
http://artsymomma.com/2013/07/red-white-blue-layered-kids-drink-4th-of-july.html

And Red White and Blue Drinks for adults.
http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g2465/boozy-4th-of-july-drinks/

Pizza Box Solar Smores!
http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/solar-oven/

#Danger# Section:

Exploding water bottle bb/blowgun/pellet targets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rDRFFSUrPI

Liquid nitrogen can be pretty hard to get, and surely needs a little more safety, but here is a build for liquid nitrogen and water rocket launcher.
https://youtu.be/jrRmID81wrc

This one is for home made caps/exploding targets, it’s not entirely fireless, the compound does explode but there is no sustained flame.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctX3juq9Okw

#needs work section:

Glowing fountain (blacklight), this one was a bit of a failure, but i suspect the addition of some yellow highlighter marker ink, and a brighter blacklight could probably make this work. But its good to know others are also on the hunt.
https://tutorialsformyparents.com/how-to-create-the-fireless-firework-a-humbling-scientific-exploration-and-thoughtful-relfection-on-the-michelson-morley-experiment/

Link to 2015’s Fireless Fourth, which also links back 2014, 2012, 2011!
https://quelab.net/19047/quelabs-annual-fireless-4th-collection-of-links/