Winchester Public Library Announces April Fool’s STEAM Experiments

April 1, 2021

There’s no better day of the year to learn about slime, goop and fake boogers than April Fool’s Day! Be careful though, as these experiments can a) mess up your kitchen table, b) be used by your kids for a few rough pranks, and c) cause bouts of uncontrollable giggles.

You can use a variety of ingredients to make slime, a collection of which is pictured here. You should make sure you have cups or bowls along with spoons or popsicles to mix your concoctions together. Unfortunately, one of the funniest and most ridiculous “ingredients” didn’t make the photo session: gelatin! But we’ll be so late

To really get into the “science of slime” it’s great to start with a diagram. Add a column to test slimes with different ingredients, then let your child (s) come up with ideas for properties or qualities that the different types of slimes might have. We came up with slimy, sticky, and stringy at first, but we left room to add more attributes when we actually started experimenting.

Experiment now! Let your children try out which material combinations they want! What happens to the consistency of the slime when it adds more water? Fewer? Does the mucus change when it is stirred vigorously? How does it feel? How does it spread? (You might want to cover your table, have the kids wear gloves, put on aprons, whatever you need to manage your clutter tolerance

As you experiment, fill out your diagram. In our experiments, we’ve learned that all of our combinations are fun, no matter how slimy, stringy, or sticky the slime is!

And now for April Fool’s joke: Boogers! To do this, you need clear gelatin, sugar, green food coloring (not much! 2 drops!) And hot water. Gently mix all of these ingredients together and lumps will form within minutes. Pull out the lumps and – voila – boogers! Now all you have to do is fake a sneeze and your fake boogers will do an excellent April Fool’s joke!

Interested in grosser scientific experiments? Wondering why different types of slime look, feel, or act the way they do? Curious about what boogers are actually made of and why the body makes them? Check out some of the titles on our book list!

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