I think I have one of the best hobbies in the world – science! Halloween is especially fun, as I become a mad scientist, performing science shows and demonstrations at events.
One of the things I love about this is that I get to create a character and a story to act out around the science experiments I’m doing. It changes a little with every show, but that’s part of the fun!
This Halloween, why not act out a character that’s different from your everyday life, and add some cool science activities to the fun! Here are a couple of fun, easy ones you can try!
BONE GROWING FORMULA (A.K.A. Goop)
- Deep pan or bowl
What to do:
Mix the cornstarch and the water until everything is wet, but there is no water sitting on top. To mix it, you have to move slowly and gently.
This neat goop gets hard when squeezed or hit, but oozes when let go. (It’s called a non-newtonian fluid for anyone who wants to look that up.)
It’s entertaining for all ages – trust me, I had more trouble getting the adults out of it than the kids!
- 1 cup Corn syrup
- 1 tbsp Chocolate syrup
- 2 tbsp Cornstarch
- 2 tbsp Red food colouring
- 2 tbsp Water
What to do:
Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix it up. Add more red or chocolate syrup to get the colour you want, but it works out pretty well.
Want to really gross people out? Taste the fake blood in a way that makes them think it’s real – it actually doesn’t taste bad!
Left Brain Craft Brain is a great blog that lists some spooky science experiments to do as a family. You’ll find links to all the instructions you need to have a great time this Halloween!
As your child grows, their interests in books will change—follow their lead on what books to choose!
Follow your child’s lead!
DO IT TOGETHER!
Have a variety of books for your child to choose from. Make sure the books are accessible by placing them on a lower shelf within reach of your child. Or better still, put them in a basket on the floor. Let them decide which one they want to share with you.
Your child’s interests will change over time. They may like different topics, styles, and types of books (fiction or non-fiction) at different stages in their lives.
Thanksgiving is coming soon! It might be a little different this year, but enjoy a long weekend of fun, food, and lots of family time! Here’s an easy and fun craft for the whole family:
What you need:
- Optional: felt tip marker
What to do:
- Trace your hand or your child’s with a marker or crayon
- Use crayons or markers to draw in and colour a turkey
- Have fun with it!
You and your child can make just one, or make a turkey for each person at Thanksgiving dinner! Place them on each plate, not only for decoration but for conversation too!
Making crafts together is a good way to bond with your child, and the talking that comes from working together is building an important literacy skill. A bonus is the hand coordination that comes from drawing, which will help with writing skills in the future.