Keeping Busy

I’ve written about some things you can do to prepare for a disaster/collapse, but….. What do you do to keep the kids busy when there’s no internet, social media, cell service or electricity to run the video game console? Thinking about “kids these days” even up to the Millennials, I don’t remember many of them how aren’t using something electronic. My nephew’s wife when I was there Christmas Day, was busy watching her “Friend’s” updates on Facebook. Not passing judgement on her, just making a point. What are all these people going to do now? For a lot of them, it’s going to take major help to make some serious life changes, but I’m not going to touch that one here!! For the younger children, like under 10-ish, here are some ideas to keep them busy and teach them some science. These are ideas for things to make out of materials you should have on hand already and are pretty inexpensive to make.

First from How To Make Slime- Method One that I found on Science Bob’s website. I’ll write it here so you don’t have to bounce back and forth between web pages.

Making “Slime” using White Craft Glue, Water and Liquid Starch:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon for Mixing
  • 1/4 c. of Elmer’s Glue or other White Craft Glue
  • 1/4 c. Water
  • 1/4 c. Liquid Starch
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Zip Tip Bag for Storage

Pour Glue and water into mixing bowl and stir until completely combined. This is the point where you add the food coloring if you are using it, no more than 6 drops! Add the liquid starch and stir well. It should start becoming “blobby” now and can be taken from the bowl and played with. *Make Sure Your Hands Are Clean!* The less dirt and germs are on your hands, the longer it should last before it starts growing a new science experiment of molds and bacterias. According to Science Bob, the longer it’s played with the more stretchy and easier to use it will become. Keep it in the zip top bag in a cool place when not being played with. The food coloring will stain fibers such as clothing, carpet and hair!!

The Science:

“The glue is a liquid polymer. This means that the tiny molecules in the glue are in strands like a chain. When you add the liquid starch, the strands of the polymer glue hold together, giving it its slimy feel. The starch acts as a cross-linker that links all the polymer strands together.

MAKE IT AN EXPERIMENT
The project above is a DEMONSTRATION. To make it a true experiment, you can try to answer these questions:

1. Does changing the amount of water or glue change the feel of the slime?

2. Do different glues make better slime?

3. How does changing the amount of each ingredient change how the slime turns out?

4. What happens to slime if it is stored out of a bag compared to in a bag?”

 

Making “Slime” using White Craft Glue, Water and Borax

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Disposable Cup for Mixing
  • Tablespoon for Measuring
  • Spoon for Mixing
  • 8 oz. Elmer’s Glue or other White Craft Glue
  • 8 oz. Water
  • Water
  • Borax Powder (available in the Laundry Section in Most Stores)
  • Food Coloring in your choice of color
  • Zip Top Bag for Storage

I used the ingredient’s list from another recipe I found, because it made more and was easier to measure. If you want Science Bob’s amounts, they’re here: Make Slime with Glue and Borax. Fill disposable cup with water, add a tablespoon of Borax and stir until dissolved. Set aside. In the Mix pour in the glue, then add the water. (The tip from the other website said to pour the glue from its bottle then fill bottle with water then add to glue in the mixing bowl and you’ll get the right amount of water plus get the leftover glue out of the bottle!) Stir the glue and water until mixed. This is the point where you’ll add the food coloring, no more than 6 drops! Start mixing the borax and water mixture in a tablespoon at a time until the Slime reaches the texture you want. The food coloring will stain carpet, fabric and light colored hair. The Slime will also stick in any hair it comes into contact with. Store in the zip top bag in a cool place. The cleaner your hands are when playing with it, the longer it will keep!

The Science:

“Now for the SCIENCE part…. This POLYMER is unique because it has qualities of both a solid and a liquid. It can take the shape of its containers like a liquid does, yet you can hold it in your hand and pick it up like a solid. As you might know, solid molecules are tight together, liquid molecules spread out and break apart (drops) POLYMER molecules CHAIN themselves together (they can stretch and bend like chains) and that makes them special. Jell-O, rubber bands, plastic soda bottles, sneaker soles, even gum are all forms of polymers. The polymer you made should be kept in a sealed plastic bag when you aren’t playing with it. Also, be sure to keep it away from young kids or pets who might think it’s food. Have fun!

MAKE IT AN EXPERIMENT

The project above is a DEMONSTRATION. To make it a true experiment, you can try to answer these questions:

  1. How can you make the polymer stretch the farthest?
  2. Does the amount of Borax added change the slime?
  3. What method of storage will make the polymer last the longest?
  4. What brand of glue makes the stretchiest polymer?
  5. Does the amount of water added to the glue affect the gooeyness of the slime?”

 

Modeling Clay from “Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies” by Jude Williams

“Mix together 1/2 c. Salt, 1 c. Flour and 3 tsp. Alum. Add food coloring and enough water to make a nice clay. Keep in a covered jar, kneading in more water if it becomes too dry.” In my experience making this, I learned to add the food coloring to the water, then mixing it in. My son used this to make beads when he was little, I used a needle and heavy thread to make a hole in them, strung them up and let them dry. They make nice beads that we painted and made jewelry out of. Drying times depend upon humidity and air temperature.

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