It’s time for Part 2 of my son’s science party!!
Part 1 was all about the decor. (Click here if you missed any of it.) Today is all about the fun!!
To start off, I like to have something to keep kids occupied until everyone shows up. I was lucky enough to have really warm weather on the day of the party, so the boys were able to go outside to burn some energy.
Experiment #1 – Make a tornado in a bottle.
A few soda bottle tornados were on the table for kids who were done playing outside and wanted to experiment. These are simple to make with water, food coloring and a handy kit from Steve Spangler Science.
Experiment #2 – Make Snow
This was super easy! Just add water and the powder instantly erupts into amazing artificial snow that looks and feels like the real thing.
I had the powder measured ahead of time in small containers. Then I passed around little dixie cups with the correct amount of water. I told them it was experimental science acid to make sure they didn’t spill it! ha. Then we counted to 3 while they poured their acid on the magic powder and walla! Cold, fluffy snow! If you can, make sure to do this one outside, just in case someone wants to have a snowball fight! You can get a container for less than $10 here.
Experiment #3 – Make Green Atomic Slime
You can make this from scratch, but I decided to use the class room shaker kits from Steve Spangler. It comes with everything you need for 24 kids, plus 2 small black lights to see it glow!
After pouring the solutions together and making sure the lids were tight, the boys shook their cups for one minute. Then they had ultra sticky, gooey slime!! Everyone had to go in the bathroom with no windows to watch the black light make it glow!
This was a very exciting experiment! You have to watch the video to get the full effect. ha!
Experiment #4 – Make your own Cupcakes
What kid wouldn’t like this experiment?
Experiment #5 – Diet Coke & Mentos Experiment
Exploding Diet Coke was by far the hit of the party!! You’ll need a roll or box of Mentos and a 2-liter bottle of diet soda. Just drop the mentos in the Diet Coke, run and watch it erupt! My son is hooked on this video by 2 mad science guys at EepyBird.com. I got their kit which included goggles and several launchers. They also have a free download on how to make your own launchers if you’d rather do it yourself.
We did a bunch at once the first time on the ground, but about half of the bottles fell over. Putting them on a bench worked really good.
The kids got a little crazy with the left over Coke. It basically became a Diet Coke fight and everyone was covered in the stuff! They were even licking their arms. Talk about hyper!!!!
I gave each kid their own small Diet Coke bottle and let them drop Mentos in themselves. It was a blast!!
Here is our first attempt. Please ignore the geeky laughing!!! I’m so embarrassed, but it was hilarious watching the moms who came all dressed up right after church get blasted with Diet Coke!!! ha! (I made them do the launches so I could video… when really I just didn’t want to get messy!)
Goodie bags were packed with a Steven Spangler test tube full of M&M’s with my son’s face, their snow, slime, a roll of Mentos to try their experiment at home and several other fun trinkets. Download the Open With Caution stickers on the Part 1 post.
Even the little sisters had a blast! They say thanks for coming to the party!!!
Don’t miss Science Party – Part 1 Decorations