Healthy Halloween? Is it possible?

I get to go into Curious Girl’s 2nd grade class tomorrow to help with Halloween activities. The teacher will be out, so I need to make it substitute friendly and not too messy. What am I planning? SLIME!

Well, in the Science museum community it is technically called Gak, but for tomorrow it will be green slime. Our Science activity will be chemistry. You need borax (look in the laundry detergent aisle), glue (Elmer’s clear school glue looks especially cool), food coloring (Green for us!), cups or bowls to mix in, craft sticks to mix with, measuring cups, and most importantly ziplock bags (splurge for the good ones that won’t leak). Here are the directions on Kids in the Kitchen: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2010/09/kids-in-the-kitchen-slime/

If you plan to make this with a whole class or large group (like Family Science Night), just pre-mix the glue and borax solutions and have the kiddos measure each one as recommended here: http://chemistry.about.com/od/madscientistlab/a/slimeproject.htm

I have decided to do a combo. I will have them mix the glue and water with food coloring so they can get just the right shade of green – whatever that might be – and I’ll premix the borax solution.

For Math

Cyberchase has a great math game that you can print out, they can color if they like, and each child can play it on their own. It is made for simple 1 digit addition, but you can change it up to make it harder with the additional spiders included. Check it out here:

cyberchase addition
http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/activities/six-holes-arachnipod-crossing/

Finally we need snacks…

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This is the plan. The new Smart Snack standards have made this harder than in the past. If you have any Halloween snacks that pass the standards, please share!

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