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Spring Science Part 2

Uploaded: Apr 15, 2020
During this break from our regular routine, we started watching Science Mom and Math Dad. We usually only watch about 30 minutes of each episode (rather than the full 2 hours). Our kids especially enjoyed watching them make slime. Science mom made slime using contact solution and Math Dad ended up just making a huge mess.

I realized that I have never made slime with our kids. They’ve made it at school and at birthday parties, but I thought this was a great time to try it. All three of our kids were excited to make slime and use it over and over again.

1. We used science mom’s slime recipe. As she suggested, we ended up adding a bit more contact solution to make it a little less sticky, but it was so much easier to make than I expected. It is quite messy, but not as messy as I thought it to be (we could easily clean it up from our floor and table. Fabric was more challenging).

2. After playing with slime, our kids were excited to get out their animal figurines and make a whole pretend world. We used to make lots of pretend worlds using Asia Citro’s books as inspiration. It was so much fun to take this trip down memory lane.

Here is what we made this time:
A. Cornstarch and pudding slime: It really is more like play dough than slime, but our kids enjoyed the soft smooth texture. It worked great to make animal figurine footprints.

B. Corn starch and water: We love mixing cornstarch and water together. This time the kids pretended the animals were getting stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits.

C. Baking soda and vinegar volcanoes: We used old film canisters for mini volcanoes. That way we could use less baking soda and vinegar. I ended up dividing the baking soda and vinegar up so each kid had the same amount (Which helped keep fighting to a minimum).

D. Kinetic sand: We haven’t used kinetic sand in a long time, but thankfully had some in our closet. Our kids enjoyed burying small toy dinosaur skulls, bones and jewels in it for the other kid to find.

I enjoyed watching our kids play with all of these different mediums again. I hope I remember to take these activities out more often even after we are back in our normal routine. I love seeing all of the creativity, problem solving, and teamwork.
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