Weird science! Throw your school-age child a party that's got bits and pieces and magic
from the hand with this wacky science-themed soiree.
Using large test tubes with a rubber stopper, print all the party details on a small piece of paper that can be rolled up and placed into the test tube. On the outside of the tube, write in permanent marker, “Inside contains the Mad Scientist Secret Formula for Party Fun!” These will have to be hand-delivered or mailed in cushioned envelopes.
At the entrance to the party, make a sign welcoming guests to Dr. X’s Mad Lab.
In the party room, make it look like a high-tech lab using the colors of silver and black.
Using black construction paper, cut out question marks, mathematical formulas, etc., and place around the party room.
Have green slime on the tables and around the room.
Fill different sizes of jars with colored water. Inside, place plastic eyeballs, hands, noses, plastic animals, etc.
At the tables where the mad scientist experiments will happen, place face masks, magnifying glasses, test tubes, etc., to make the area look authentic.
When the kids arrive, provide them with white coats and have them create name tags. Don’t just have them use their own names, but make up a mad scientist name, i.e., “Dr. Insanity.”
You can either have the kids do the activities together, or rotate throughout the party room to different lab stations to complete the different mad science activities.
Make Green Ooze: 3/4 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup water. Mix together. Add green food coloring to look like slime.
Static Electricity: Balloons, aluminum soda can. Blow up balloons and rub them in the kids’ hair to make it rise. Set a soda can on a hard surface so it can roll. Use one of the rubbed balloons and move it closer to the can. Does it move the can? Will the rubbed balloon stick to a wall?
A Shocker: Need one per child: 1 penny, 1 lemon, 1 paper clip. Cut a slit 1/4 inch into the lemon to fit the penny, then another for the paper clip, close to but not touching the penny. Let the kids touch their tongues to each of the metals.
Falling Coin: 1 glass, 1 index card, 1 coin. Place card over glass evenly. Place coin in center. Flick the card end with your finger to send it flying. What happens to the coin?
Suck an Egg into a Jar: 1 hard-boiled egg, peeled and at room temperature; 1 narrow-top jar (baby food jars work well); hot water. The egg will not fit into the jar on its own. Fill the jar with the hot water for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour this out and set the egg on the opening. The egg will end up inside the jar.
Osmotic Celery: Cut celery stalks and set them in glasses of tinted water. The stalks will absorb the color and then the kids can eat them!
Serve snacks in clear bowls and name them madly, i.e., electric chips, magnetic munchers, etc.
Serve electric dogs (aka hot dogs).
Serve green Kool-Aid. Place plastic critters and body parts into the punch for extra madness!
Send the kids home with test tubes filled with small candies.
Have a fab mad party!
Lisa Kothari is the founder and president of Peppers and Pollywogs (www.peppersandpollywogs.com),
a kids’ party-planning company that provides parents with ideas, entertainers and interesting web-based tools (customized rhymes and cards for your invitations!) to make kids’ party planning easy. She has recently written and published Dear Peppers and Pollywogs… What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties, which is available at www.amazon.com and www.peppersandpollywogs.com.