Thursday, April 22, 2010

Recycled Creatures? Happy Earth Day!

A couple of days ago, I posted a photo of a bunch of recycled creatures. I wanted to see if you could guess what we were going to do with these little guys. Well, they are actually for an activity for my daughter's Monster Mash birthday party: Foaming Monsters!

The activity came from a great book from Usborne- 100 Science Experiments.

Here's what you need to create your own recycled foaming monster-

plastic bottle
craft materials from around the house or $ store to decorate: craft foam, google eyes, etc.
dish washing liquid
baking soda
food coloring

1. Decorate plastic bottle. I used a glue gun and I chose foam instead of paper to decorate so we could keep monster after doing the experiment.
2. Half fill the bottle with vinegar.
3. Add a good squirt of dish washing liquid.
4. Next, add a drop of food coloring.
5. Gently swirl the bottle to mix. (on baking tray or dish)
6. Put a tsp of baking soda in middle of a small square of tissue. Roll it up and twist ends.
7. Drop the tissue in the bottle and after a couple of minutes- foam will come out of the monster's mouth.

I'm going to be sure to test this out before I do it at the birthday party, but don't you think the guests will love this? In honor of Earth Day's 40th Anniversary, I've been decorating with recyclables as well instead of buying monster decorations-turning formula bottles into monsters!

Have fun celebrating Earth Day with your kids!



The Activity Mom said...

So cool! That would even be a fun party favor to take home after they've experienced it at the party. The monster, recipe and the secret rolled up ingredient. =)

Unknown said...

Ahhh- the suspense is lifted! I LOVE this! I do believe we will be trying this out in the near future...

Gidget Girl Reading said...

LOVE that we are doing that today when my oldest gets home from school! :)

adding your blog to my blog roll hope that is ok?

Christy Killoran said...

My kids will LOVE this! Thanks. I just added you to my list of blogs I love (blog roll) too - I hope it's okay! If not, let me know. You have such great ideas.

Amanda said...

That is awesome.... thanks for encouraging me to stop by... we will defitely be doing this with his friend for a playdate!

Valerie @ Inner Child Fun said...

What a fun activity! I love Usborne books too!!! :-)

Chels said...

Another birthday party so soon??! Hope it's a blast! Those are awesome monsters and a fun reuse craft!

Christy Killoran said...

Thanks for reminding me about this. I linked to you today! The kids loved it!

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