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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

Slime Time!

Halloween is in the air! And this year I have decided to embrace this spookiest of all holidays and plan lots of spooky fun. And where else can I turn for ideas but to Sid the Science Kid? This week’s new Halloween Special is truly delightful. I am sucker for cute cartoon kids dressed up in adorable costumes. Henry and Leo loved the novelty of seeing the characters in difference clothes and were blown away by the experiments in the episode: making a spider web and investigating green slime. Both are really accessible and oozing with good fun.
I was particularly excited about the green slime activity. You can find it here. I love it when we can get our hands into messy goo and talk about its properties. Yes, I have become a science geek…and I am proud. So, last night after dinner, much to Gerry’s horror, I told Henry and Leo that we would be making green slime. (Make sure you rub your hands together and laugh maniacally as you make the announcement.) For the record, I planned the activity after dinner and BEFORE bath time. You will see why.
First we gathered all of the materials. I let Henry and Leo run around and find everything.
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The boys did all the measuring, pouring, and mixing. I stepped in when they asked. The first thing we needed to do was measure the corn starch and add the water. I was quickly reminded that cornstarch is a main ingredient in baby powder. Poof! Henry squirted in the green paint and then it was time to mush it all with our hands.
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And here is where I started learning new things about my boys. Henry was very interested in getting his hands all slimy. He was all in. Leo, on the other hand, got his fingers in there and immediately wanted out. I would never have guessed it! Leo didn’t want to get gooey and he wasn’t pleased by the consistency. Henry and I, on the other hand, couldn’t stop playing with the stuff.
Our next step was to separate the slime into two more bowls and see what would happen to the slime if we added more water or more cornstarch. We made some predictions and here is what it looked like.
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The slime in the middle bowl was very watery and the slime small bowl became crumbly. We talked a lot about the word consistency. The irony is that the both of them were so fascinated by the various consistencies that I am not sure they actually learned the word. But I know they got the concept.
After finishing with the steps of the investigation I let the boys run amok with the slime. Henry wanted to know what would happen if we poured bowl 3 into bowl 2, so we did it. (Still watery.) Then he wanted to pour into the big the bowl and we added more cornstarch to make it a little slimier. We had SO MUCH FUN! And we made a BIG MESS!
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My one piece of advice is to have a big bowl of water handy for your kids to rinse off in. As soon as Leo started balking at the slime, I got the bowl of water for him to use. It was much better than having him drip across the kitchen for a rinse.
I am psyched to try the other activity from the Halloween special and make a spider web. Leo and Henry are insisting that I dress up like Teacher Susie as a mad scientist for Halloween. I think I might have to do what I am told!
Do you have any great Halloween crafts to share? What are your Halloween plans with your little scientists?


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