Science Slime Fun
After school activities were cancelled yesterday due to impending inclement weather. Yes, Winter Storm Jonas has it’s eye on the Triangle, and school officials want to keep students safe just in case. It didn’t snow last night, but Lego club was cancelled. It’s not even snowing, my 7-year-old exclaimed when I picked him up from school. He was certainly disappointed his after school activity was cancelled. Yet, I had a plan to put a smile on his face. I recently discovered easy science experiments that are kid-friendly and fun on ABC 11‘s new Science Club segment.
The Science Club is sponsored by BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, and airs every Wednesday on ABC 11 at 4:28 p.m. If you miss the show, you can always visit their website and catch up on the shows you missed. The website also provides a list of all the science experiments and instructions on how to do the experiments at home.
I chose the How to Make Slime experiment knowing my boys would love anything gooey and semi-gross. When I told my son the plan, he was so excited to go home and start making slime with his brother. They were like two little mad scientists in the kitchen as I gathered the ingredients for our homemade slime- borax, glue, water and food coloring.
I used 2 old plastic containers to mix the ingredients. I didn’t want to wash glue, and it would be easier to throw away when we were finished. In the first container, we mixed 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of borax. In the second container, we poured the entire container of glue (4 oz), 1/2 cup of water and 8 drops of food coloring. The boys picked green.
Then we added the borax mixture to the second container and stirred. Then we drained the remaining water. The boys took turns kneading the slime until it was no longer wet and gooey. They were amazed as to how the glue turned into putty. I was able to teach them about the scientific aspect of the experiment. Borax which can be found in the detergent aisle at the grocery store is also known as sodium borate. The chemical compounds found in borax transformed the glue into a putty-slime like component. The boys were intrigued with their slimy creation as they took turns touching and folding it into their hands. And my 7-year-old, he forgot all about missing Lego club.
What kind of science experiments do you do with your kids?