Thursday, March 8, 2012

Warning: Disgusting Humor Ahead



I'll be linking up with Friday Fun School this week, because we had a little too much fun with our homemade flubber.

Brynne has been studying all things St. Patrick's Day this week, and one of our activities was making green flubber.

Here is the recipe:

Step 1: In a large container combine and mix:
1 1/2 cups very warm water
2 cups Elmer's white glue
A few drops of food coloring

Step 2: in a small container combine and mix:
1 1/3 cups very warm water
2 level tsp 20 Mule Team Borax (adults please do this step)

The Borax must be completely dissolved.

Step 3: Combine the glue and Borax mixtures:
Mix well using your hands until all the liquid is absorbed. You may need to squish, mix, and break up the flubber to get it fully combined. Store the flubber in a plastic, air-tight container at room temperature. For best results, measure precisely and mix well as noted above.

If kept in an airtight container, the flubber will keep for up to 2 weeks. Makes enough for 6 children.

My two had more fun than possible stuffing the flubber into tall narrow cups to make farting noises.

What's more FUN than that?


And, btw, we did stop laughing long enough to learn the science behind flubber.

Flubber is a polymer. The word polymer comes from the Greek language from poly “many” and meros “parts”. Polymers are large molecules consisting of repeating identical structural units connected by covalent chemical bonds. Polymers can be naturally occurring or manmade. Manmade polymers are materials like nylon, polyester, and polystyrene. Examples of naturally occurring polymers are proteins in our body like tubulin and actin. These proteins make up microtubules and microfilaments that serve as structural components within our cells.

These were definitely "Moments to Remember" so we are also linking up with Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations.


And I might as well go ahead and link this up to Science Sunday, too!

4 comments:

  1. Awww man- I fully expected to see some big green flubber snot dangling from Dawson's nose- that is what my boys would have done! LOL

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  2. That was not too disgusting! Of course, now you should watch Flubber. Both versions. I think that would round out this educational experience. :)

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  3. Oh VERY cool! :-) Our moment to remember was similar...boys!

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  4. Why that was downright tame after the title :)

    I need to try that again because our attempt at it a year or so ago was not at all successful.

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