This week in summer reading we are studying GROSSOLOGY! Although a bit yucky, it was a favorite of the all ages! For a large group, set up these as stations. We had a germ station outside, craft station inside, and slime station inside as well.
Before breaking off into stations, we played Who Pooped? – an interactive online game about tracking scat! This game is great resource developed from the Minnesota Zoo. The kids loved guessing the scat and interacting with the animals!
Credit: Who Pooped? (Minnesota Zoo)
This is a fun activity to do outside! Set up 3 buckets of water: 1 with cold water, 1 with warm water, and 1 with warm soapy water. Have the kids try to get the glitter off in each bucket. They will see that germs only come off with warm water and soap!
The germ ball game shows how easily germs are spread. Cover yours hands in colored chalk to symbolize the germs from not washing your hands. Touch the ball, covering it with chalk and pass it around the circle. After everyone has touched the ball the children will show their hands, revealing all the germs that transferred!
Germ Finger Puppets
After learning about germs, everyone got to pick out a germ monster to take home! These are so cute and fun. To order, visit Oriental Trading.
I originally tried the recipe that involved liquid starch and glue (no borax) but it turned out way too runny so I turned to the borax recipe. I followed instructions from the Steve Spangler website and it worked out great!
1 Tsp. Borax
1/2 cup warm water
8 oz. bottle of Elmer’s Glue
Smaller mixing bowl
Food Dye (Optional)
- Empty the entire bottle of glue into a mixing bowl. Fill the empty bottle with warm water and shake. Pour the glue-water mixture into the mixing bowl and mix well.
- Add food coloring after mixing
- Measure 1/2 cup of warm water into separate mixing bowl and add a teaspoon of Borax powder to the water. Stir the powder/water solution.
- Slowly add a little of the Borax solution into the glue mixture while continuously mixing. You will start to feel the long strands glue and borax connecting. Keep adding the Borax solution to the glue mixture (don’t stop mixing) until you get a perfect batch of slime!
Here is how mine turned out…
Painting with Mud!
Mix glue, dirt or soil, and water together. The kids will have a blast painting with gross mud!