3 crafts that prove science can be awesome

We're all about making the most of the season, and what could be better than some great #parkviewsummer fun that also keeps your student's mind sharp? These DIY projects combine play and science in a magical way. All you'll need is a short list of ingredients and a sense of wonder. 

 

Bubble Slime
Blow giant bubbles and see how they bounce.

Gather
¼ cup school gel glue
¼ cup liquid starch
Food coloring
Straw

Create
Pour the liquid laundry starch in a bowl, and set it aside.
Pour the school gel glue into a small bowl. Add one drop of food coloring, and stir until it’s blended.
Pour the glue mixture into the bowl containing the liquid starch. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
Remove the glue and starch mixture from the bowl, then slowly knead it with your hands until the glue absorbs almost all the liquid starch. The more you knead the bubble slime, the harder it will become.
Wrap a blob of the bubble slim on the end of the straw, and blow a large bubble. Or, wad it up, and bounce it on a clean floor.
Enjoy!

You can store the bubble slime in a plastic 
zip-closure bag or airtight container for continued fun!

 

 

 

Magnetic Goo
Explore movement and magnetism with this amazing goo.

Gather
1 4-ounce bottle of school glue
3 Tablespoons of black iron oxide*
2 ounces of liquid starch
Neodymium magnets*

Create
Mix the glue and iron oxide together in a small bowl.
Slowly stir in small amounts of the liquid starch. Continue to slowly add the starch and mix well until the desired consistency 
is reached.
Remove the goo from the bowl and gently knead it with your hands.
Use the magnets to move and stretch the slime in fun ways.

You can store the magnetic goo in a plastic 
zip-closure bag or airtight container for continued fun!

*You can find these items at online shopping companies like Amazon®.

Amazon® is a registered trademark of Amazon Technologies, Inc.

 

 

 

Homemade Aqua Sand
Build underwater castles and sculptures with this waterproof sand.

Gather
Play sand in various colors
Fabric protector
Wax paper
Clear plastic bowl or vase

Create
Lay the wax paper on a counter or other hard surface in a well-ventilated area.
Place the desired amount of sand in piles on the wax paper. Spray the piles of sand with the fabric protector of your choice. Knead the piles of sand, spraying more fabric protector until the sand is fully saturated.
Set the sand aside for about 1 hour, or until it’s fully dry.
Place the dried piles of sand in easy-to-pour containers, and fill a clear plastic bowl or vase with water.
Slowly pour the sand into the water to create underwater castles and sculptures.

Find these craft ideas and so much more in the official Parkview Summer Survival Guide, available online and at the Parkview Center for Healthy Living at Parkview Regional Medical Center

Don't forget to share your science-crafting fun with #parkviewsummer on social media for the chance to be featured by @ParkviewHealth. 

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