As we head into the spooky season of Halloween i thought i would share with you my top 3 experiments to do at home!
First off on my list is the Witches Brew Potion! This is a classic and always amazes the kids! And the best part is you can do it at home in your kitchen or outside in the garden (if you have one)
Witches Brew Potion:
You will need:
- Masson Jar
- Vinegar – about 500ml
- Baking Soda – 250 ml
- Food Colouring
- Dish Washing Liquid – a few squirts
A stick found outside or Witches Wand.. and any other fun scary items you can think to add *Plastic spiders, snakes, insects and Leaves from the garden work well!
Start by adding in the vinegar, dish soap, food colouring, glitter and any other items you find. Next spoon in the baking soda and watch as the potion starts to bubble. You can add different colours of food colouring and more vinegar and baking soda to keep the potion bubbling! And you can even cast a spell and pour the potion into little bottles! (and then decorate the bottles)
You will need:
- 1 piece ice-cream stick/spoon
- Clear glue (125ml)
- Contact Solution (30ml)
- Baking Soda (1/2 tbs)
- Food Colouring – Green
- Glitter(silver, pink, purple, blue) any you have
- Water 30 ml
- Dropper if you have
- Googly Eyes
Bring out a big tray for each child to protect the table from the food colour stains. Each child needs 125ml of clear glue. Please pour 125ml clear glue to the plastic measurement cup and then pour to each child’s big plastic bowl. Keep doing the same for each child.
Add 1/2 Tablespoon baking soda to it and mix it well. The clear glue will turn opaque at this stage.
Next add about a 2 Tbs(30ml) of water.
Mix the glue well. At this stage slime will be very sticky ,gooey and stringy. Don’t panic and just keep mixing.
Now drain the excess water from your slime bowl.
Next slowly add the contact lens solution to your slime by using the dropper. Two droppers first and then mix and wait. 70ml is the max for the amount of slime we make here. Drain the excess solution once your slime starts to form. It should be pretty soft and stringy.
Now keep kneading the slime. Notice its still pretty stringy. Keep kneading and it will get better. Add goggly eyes!
Flying Ghost Teabag
Please note you need an adults help with this experiment.
You will need:
- Tea Bag *one that has 2 parts
- Black Pen
- Metal Plate
Ask the children if they have ever seen a tea bag fly?
Tell them that we will be making a tea bag ghost that will fly into the sky?
Ask the children if they know how we will be able to make the tea bag fly?
Give each child a stainless steel plate(non-flammable), a tea bag, a black Koki as well as a pair of scissors.
Instruct the children to cut the top of the tea bag off – they can cut on the black line previously drawn to ensure that the cut is nice and straight.
Once the tea bag has been cut, they can empty the tea into the small containers placed between the children.
Next instruct the children to unfold and flatten the tea bag.
raw a ghost face on the tea bag using your black Koki.
Open the tea bag to make it look like a hollow cylindric form, and place it on a non-flammable surface – steel plate.
THE FOLLOWING STEPS CAN BE RATHER DANGEROUS, PLEASE LET EACH CHILD DO THEIRS ONE BY ONE TO ENSURE NO PROBLEMS ARISE.
Ensure the flying tea bag is in a safe area.
It can fly rather high, so before lighting it, make sure it is in a room where the roof is rather high.
Next, using a lighter – the long nosed ones, let a child, one at a time, light their tea bag.
The fire will quickly burn down the ghost, and before it reaches the bottom of the bag, the ghost will lift off into the air.
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