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Mad Science - Slippery Science
In March our Mad Science Workshop for ages 4-8 investigated polymers, better known to our young scientists as "ooze, goop and slime." This workshop always makes me think of Dr. Seuss's Bartholomew and the Oobleck a terrific oozy story to read before you begin your experiments.
A simple and fun polymer science experiment to play with is oobleck. Mix 2 parts cornstarch with 1 part water in a large bowl or dishpan and watch what happens. Now poke it, pick it up, roll it into a ball and generally just get your hands deep into it and see what happens. This can get messy as the scientists attempt to pick up the oobleck and play with it. Cleans up with soap and water but to minimize the drips place your bowl of oobleck in the sink or bathtub to play.
Cool Chemistry Concoctions: 50 formulas that fizz, foam, splatter & ooze lots of fun but can be messy
Plastics and Polymers: science fair projects using hair gel, soda bottles and slimy stuff experiments and projects best suited to older children
There are many great polymer experiments available online here are a few to get you started
Make your own slime the title says it all
Make your own bouncy ball with Bouncy Polymer Chemistry
You can even make your own glue using milk using a recipe from this site
Have fun this month experimenting with polymers. Next month's Mad Science topic is bugs we'll see you then for more science fun.