Hey all you room moms out there, we’ve put together a perfect Halloween classroom party for you. This is a four part series and today is station #1: science. We’ve included some spooky fun experiments to do: ghostly goo, magic popcorn potion, wizard & muggles, and the amazing un-poppable balloon.
The four stations are set up to run simultaneously, rotate after about 10 minutes, and accommodate six to eight kids. For an average school class that’s 8 (kids) x 4 (stations) = 32 kids. The science station works best with 2 helpers to keep things running smoothly. One helper can be doing the experiment with the kids while the other one is washing things up and prepping for the next rotation.
This classroom party could also work at home or as part of another Halloween party.
Supplies: 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water, a bowl, a whisk or spoon
Have the children help you mix the cornstarch and water together in a bowl with the whisk or spoon. Show them how the mixture is both a solid and a liquid. If you press firmly on the mixture it’s a solid, if you try to pick it up it’s a liquid. This can get a little messy. If you do this experiment make sure you have a sink accessible for the kids to wash their hands in.
Experiment: Magic Popcorn Potion.
Supplies: clear soda pop, water, popcorn kernels, two see through containers
Have two clear containers with popcorn kernels in the bottom. Pour water into one container and see the kernels stay at the bottom. Pour soda into the other container and watch the kernels rise to the top. If you use a taller container than the one pictured it will take even longer for the kernels to rise to the top, extending the fun.
Experiment: Wizards & Muggles.
Supplies: 6-8 spoons (one per kid), 6-8 clear cups (one per kid), food coloring, baking soda, water, distilled vinegar, a tray or cookie sheet for under the cups
Put a drop of food coloring onto each spoon. Cover the food coloring with baking soda. Fill all but one of the glasses halfway with water. Fill the last glass halfway with distilled vinegar. To contain the overflow of the baking soda mixture, place all of the cups onto a cookie sheet. Each child stirs their spoonful of baking soda into a cup. The children with the colored water are muggles and the child with the fizzy concoction is a wizard.
Experiment: The Amazing Un-poppable Balloon.
Supplies: a balloon (with polka dots or a pattern is best), a long pin, clear tape
Blow up a balloon and tie it so the air won’t escape. If your balloon has polka dots or another pattern on it, hide a small piece of clear tape on a bit of the pattern to disguise the tape. If you have a plain balloon, hide a small piece of tape where the kids won’t see it. With the children watching, carefully poke the long pin into the piece of tape and it won’t pop. Amazing.
You could also include some objects at the table for the kids to look at and feel. We have googly glasses for the kids to wear at this station, a black emu egg for them to touch, some eyeball candies, test tube vials with snakes and bugs, and plastic mice.
Photos by Nicole Gerulat.