Turn your kitchen table into the coolest mad science lab in the neighborhood. Click on the project name for a link to instructions and the “Science Behind the Fun.” Several of these projects can be found in my book “Kitchen Science Lab for Kids,” if you’re looking for a gift for your young mad scientist!
1. Frankenworms– Bring gummy worms to “life” using baking soda and vinegar.
2. Alien Monster Eggs– Make creepy, squishy monster eggs.
3. Oozing Monster Heads– Combine science and art to create Halloween fun.
4. Bag of Blood– Amaze your friends with this magical science trick.
9. Magic Potion– Make a color-changing, foaming potion using red cabbage and water.
10. Halloween Soda Explosion– Halloweenize the classic Diet Coke and Mentos explosion
11. Foaming Alien Blood– Bring the X-Files to your kitchen with this creepy green fake blood
12. Mad Scientist’s Green Slime– Because everyone loves slime
13. Homemade Fake Blood– It’s simple to make non-toxic fake blood in your kitchen.
14. Fizzy Balloons– Draw scary faces on balloons and blow them up using baking soda and vinegar.
Our school’s Imagination Fair is one of my kids’ favorite events of the year. I love it too. One of the best things about this gathering is that it is not a competition. I also love that there are no rules and guidelines. My kids spend their days following rules and competing against others, whether it is in school or in sports. For the Imagination Fair, kids simply create, demonstrate, or show off something that interests them and then have a great time walking around and checking out everyone else’s projects.
Sugar cube castles towered over posters about magnets, and jars full of home-grown crystals stood next to Lego creations. There were plastic sharks wired to foam board, a cardboard reproduction of the Olympics half-pipe and a poster about money of the world. You could pet a bunny or “test your knowledge” to win a sucker. My four-year old especially loved the circut table, where one boy had inventions that spun and beeped when you made electrical connections.
I’m thinking of putting an “Imagination Fair” together this summer, in my back yard, for the neighborhood kids. What better way to let kids be kids?