Posted by: monsonmadness | January 7, 2013

Science experiments – home made soda and rockets

The kids got some science kits for Christmas. They were supposed to be for home school, but since we have shipped out all of our books and toys, they have come in very useful when we take a break from packing and need to have fun with the kids.

Matthew got a special kit for making his own soda. He mixed baking soda and citric acid together with water and sugar to make the basic soda, and then added different flavors. He loved experimenting with different amounts, making it more or less fizzy and sweet, and he loved mixing the flavors too and giving them very unique names! Some of them were ok, but he went overboard with the sour lime flavoring as you can see from the photos. It was fun.

Daniel got to build a rocket with Dad and then on New Year’s Day we went to the park to shoot it off. It was supposed to go up to 100 ft, but I think we only got ours to go about 15 ft!!!! Dad was a little embarrassed because someone we knew came along, and as men do, offered suggestions on how to make it better. It didn’t help that a group of young Samoan boys sat across the park and laughed hysterically at us every time it went up pathetically! After several attempts, we quit and had fun throwing boomerangs around instead!



  1. Helen, Thank you so much for sharing your incredibe American Samoa experience with so many. It has been fun to visit this beautiful country via your blog. I have loved hearing about their quirky ways and the funny adventures you have had. I will miss the pictures of the lush greeness and gorgeous ocean views. The beauty of that island is beyond description. I have learned a lot as I viewed the Samoan culture through your eyes. Your kids have had an unbelievable experience and one they most likely will never forget. I imagine it has been a life-changing experience for all of you.

    I think my favorite story in the past almost 2 years was the adoption of little Malia. I hope she and her family are doing well.

    Good luck with your journey home and the upcoming new little one. I hope to see you soon!

    Love, Barbara Ingebrigtsen

  2. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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