On Wednesday I had a science day at home. It was really humid out and my weather app claimed it was going to rain (it didn’t until night time lol) so I decided to have a science day with the boys, and it was fun!
Our first experiment of the day was to make slime. You can’t have a science day and not make slime. Ya know? I used to make slime that involved so many ingredients, but recently came across one that’s so much simpler and it’s the following:
- 6oz Elmer’s glue: I’ve only ever used Elmer’s glue- just because I’ve read it’s the best quality, and any cheaper quality can effect the quality of your slime. I get either the plain white or glitter ones
- 1 1/2 TBSP contact solution (if the slime is still too sticky, add a little more solution): make sure it has boric acid listed in its ingredients
- 1/2 TBSP baking soda
- water: this is optional, and you can add up to 1/2 a cup, but I’d add it in by little bits. water helps make your slime stretchier
- food coloring: if you use the plain white glue. a few drops goes a long way
- glitter: also if you use plain white glue or want extra glittery slime
The kids ALWAYS enjoy making slime. It doesn’t matter how many times we make it, it’s always a hit. We’ve made it in all kinds of colors, too. Plus, playing with the slime after is always fun too.
Once we were done with that and cleaned up everything we used for the slime, we took out a science kit we’ve had for a while by the brand EduScience. We bought the Extreme Science Kit by EduScience from Toys R Us, and chose that particular one because we felt that it had a good mix of experiments- making volcanos, making water jelly crystals, to making bubbles, etc. We did the first two experiments in the manual which were about acid-base bubbles and having them change colors.
I loved watching the kids with the kit because they each helped assemble it, they read instructions, but were also learning at the same time. The first experiments we did each consisted of red cabbage powder, baking soda, and citric acid. Before we would do anything, they would hypothesize what would happen and then test the hypothesis. The best part is that in the manual, each experiment explains what happens and why it happens! The boys were having so much fun, they don’t even realize they were learning at the same time. I definitely recommend this kit or any other science kits. Since Toys R Us is closing, I don’t think much of these science kits are left there, but I’ve seen them on Amazon and eBay!!
Another fun experiment we did was what we call the Cola Explosion, lol. We bought a 2 liter Coca-Cola (my favorite drink) and Mentos. I’m sure you all know this experiment- you put a roll of Mentos into the Coca-Cola and then the soda “explodes”. This experiment was more so “funny” to the kids, but they definitely enjoyed it and enjoyed eating the Mentos leftover, ha.
Science days are definitely so much fun and the kids learn without even noticing it! With school being out and kids having more time on their hands, it’s definitely worth a try to have some science fun. Our next science day is going to be to make a rocket fly using baking soda and vinegar. I’m definitely looking forward to it!