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Science for Teens (Grades 6 - 8. How to Make Spaghetti Slime. Today I am going to share with you a quick and super fun Kid’s Activity that I guarantee kiddos of all ages are going to love. I came up with the crazy idea to make Spaghetti Slime and our kids had a blast playing with it. These are the best couple of dollars I have ever spent! Look at how fun this looks! You’ll Need Kool-Aid or Food Coloring 1 Box of Spaghetti Oil { You can use Vegetable Oil, Coconut Oil, or any oil of your choice } Water How to Make Spaghetti Slime Divide 1 box of spaghetti in three parts. Put 4 to 5 Cups of Water in a pot and add one packet of Kool-Aid of your choice and bring it to boil. The spaghetti will turn the color of the Kool Aid… Have fun choosing!

{ You can use Food Coloring instead of Kool-Aid if you want} When the water is boiling cook one portion of the spaghetti in it. When the spaghetti is cooked it will turn the color of the water. Drain the cooked spaghetti… … and wash it with cold water. Drain the spaghetti once again and add about one tablespoon of oil. Besos. How to Make a Bouncy Ball. How to make Gak (Slime)

We had a few days of rain around here so we made some slime to occupy our time inside. Just two ingredients and you will be able to really impress your kids! To make simply mix equal parts of liquid starch and glue together. We placed 1/4 cup liquid starch into a sandwich bag and added about 3 drops of green food coloring. Next add in 1/4 cup glue Mix well. It will start to form a solid blob. There might be a bit of liquid that will not mix in, just remove the blob of slime and discard the bag with the extra liquid. Take it out of the bag and have fun! Looking for more ways to impress your kids? Need a way to use up the rest of the starch? You will find other rainy day activities here. Thanks Laci for asking us how to make Gak.

Animal Tracks. Print page Stuff you need A small bowl; a circle of cardboard or the bottom of a plastic bottle, plaster of Paris, spoon Important notes You may need to help younger children cut out a cardboard circle or the bottom of a plastic bottle. Steps Put the circle of card - or your plastic cup/bottle - over your print, making sure there are no gaps between the circle and the ground.

Mix up your plaster according to the manufacturer's instructions - you will need a small bowl and some water and a plastic spoon to mix it with. Pour the plaster into the circle over your print. Leave it for 10 - 15 minutes according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the plaster is dry remove your circle and you should have the shape of your animal or bird track sticking out from the plaster.

You can then take your cast home and paint it to make the track stand out more. Paper Planes with a Straw. Because the straw plane is in town! I don't know what you call this thing but we referred to it as a strawplane. Whatever you want to call it, it's pretty cool! You'll need some heavier paper (we used 3x5 index cards), a straw, scissors or something to cut the paper with, and tape. You will need to cut 3 pieces of paper about 1" wide and 5" long.

Tape two of the pieces together "long ways" and then tape to form a circle. Use the remaining piece to form a small circle and tape the ends together. Now you have a large circle and a small circle. Tape the straw to the inside of the circles placing the small circle at one end and the large circle at the other end. And you're done! Now is the fun part! The boys had to try and fly a straw without the circles to make sure that it wasn't just the straw that was the good flier. Have fun fllying! P.S. Cool paper toy. Reusing.

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Ant Farm Jar. This is a great project for kids who are interested in nature and bugs. This is an easy project for kids of any age and you get to watch ants build an underground city…so it is pretty cool. This ant farm has no openings, so you don’t have to worry about the ants escaping. You can open the jar outside to feed the ants, and then close it back up and bring it inside to observe. How to Make an Ant Farm Jar and Watch an Ant Colony Build Mazes Craft Activity for Kids Crafts Materials Needed - 2 Jars – One Big, One Smaller - Loose, Sand-Like Soil - Water - Sugar Step 1 Clean both jars out, and dry them out. Step 2 Put the smaller jar, without its lid, upside down, within the bigger jar. Step 3 Fill the outside area between both jars, with the sandy-soil. Step 4 : Finding and Trapping the Ants Now you must find the ants for your ant farm jar.

Step 5 : Close That Jar Tight Make sure to close that jar tight. Feeding Your Ants Once a week (no more than this) feed the ants a few drops of sugar water. Craft Videos for kids. Water Blob. A few weeks ago I saw this idea for water blobs floating around online and decided to try it ourselves the next time we were having friends over to play. Can I just say that this “water blob” was amazing amounts of fun. I layed on it, the kids jumped on it, slid across it and spent the entire day doing all sorts of crazy acrobatics. We loved it so much that I almost can’t wait to do another one. And the next one will have glitter in it… tons of glitter.

So what is a “water blob” and how do you make one? Simple. How do you make one? Fold the plastic sheeting in half and tape the three open sides with duct tape (it helps to have assistance) but leave open a small hole for the water hose. Put the water hose in it and let it fill. It is that simple and that fun.

It did get a few small leaks on the edges throughout the day but we simply fixed them by applying more tape to the leaky spot. So go conquer the blob! Edited to Add: You MUST use heavy plastic sheeting. Bobbie Related posts: Stuffed animal. This is actually quite a good idea! Homemade Sidewalk Chalk. By Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child One of our favorite outside activities at our home is drawing with chalk on the driveway.

You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories. My daughters and I were talking one day as we played hopscotch about how to make chalk and I thought to myself, let’s try it! It ended up being quite a lot of fun. What you will need: • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes • Scissors • Duct tape • Wax paper • Small bucket or disposable container to make the recipe • ¾ cup of warm water • 1 ½ cups Plaster of Paris • 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint • Paper bag or a “mess mat” ** we made six tubes of chalk – we simply doubled the above recipe. Step 1: If you are using paper towel tubes, cut each tube in half, so it is roughly the length of a toilet paper roll tube. Step 2: Cover one end of each tube with duct table to hold the contents within. Step 3: Cut as many pieces of wax paper as you have tubes.

Any color chalkboard. We love using chalkboards as backdrops for displays and parties (like this one here!). So we were super excited to learn that you can create your own custom colors-and it's really easy! We first learned how from Martha Stewart whose tutorial you can read here. She recommends that you use latex paint, but we tried it out with acrylic paints with much success. Here's how you too can create your own chalkboard paint... Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!)

1. 2. Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. Have fun creating any color combination you like!! Treats for classmates. My youngest son has already finished up the school year (kindergarten ends early) and I wanted to bring in a little treat for him to hand out to his classmates at the end-of-school party. Really I think they are from *me* as I'm more traumatized about school ending than him. I helped out in the classroom once a week so I have become quite attached to these sweet kids. I figured I'd share the printable in case anyone would like to make some, too. They are made to fit around Hershey Miniatures Chocolate Bars. Just cut out, fold at each vertical line, and adhere around bar on the adhesive tab. I recommend "signing" them before cutting. Print onto white cardstock and *be sure* to set the Page Scaling to None when printing or they won't be the right size.

I also kept with the owl theme for "wrapping" the teacher gift. At first I thought he looked too mad, but now I just can't get enough of him.