Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Edible Spider Slime Science Experiment~ Kitchen Chemistry for Kids

October is coming, and Halloween science is the best!! Our favorite October themes are spiders, owls, pumpkins, and Halloween... and we love them so much that we usually start about a month early! We've been using spider slime science experiments to go with our favorite storybooks, and I've already come up with two different spider slime science projects to share with you!

Today I'm sharing our Edible Spider Slime!

Our ghost slime has been really popular, both at home and online, but it had one major problem: it was not "taste-safe," and we have a toddler who really wanted to play with the older kids. I decided that to help her feel more involved, we would make the next few slimes edible. And while this recipe is taste safe and edible, it is made from a supplement and is not food. Please do NOT hand it to your child and tell them to eat it! If, however, they lick it or get some on their fingers and taste their fingers, they should be perfectly fine (unless, of course, they are allergic to it...).  Also, make sure your children are safe...if they're going to try to eat the little plastic spiders, do not give little spiders to your kids!

Halloween Science Experiment

Anyway...on to the  

Spider Slime Recipe!

To make enough for one person, you will need:

* 6 gel capsuls psyllium (about 1/2 tablespoon)
* 1/3 cup water
* little plastic spiders (I cut the ring part off of little plastic spider rings)
* microwave safe bowl

1- Mix everything together and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to thicken.

2- Microwave it for about two minutes, opening it every 30 seconds (or so) to make sure it isn't rising over the edge. It will rise up and overflow, so watch it closely.

3- After about 2 minutes, it will be done! It will rise up as it cooks, and when you turn it off it will shrink back down and cover the edge of the bowl like a thin film:

It is easy to peel off the edge of the bowl--I use a spoon or fork because it is very hot.

4- It will thicken more as it cools, but if you decide it is too sticky, you can always put it back in the microwave.

Psyllium comes from a plant, so it will not keep indefinitely, but it is fine for a day or two.

We made this batch of spider slime to go with Diary of a Spider, a silly book with loads of information about spiders, presented in a light-hearted diary style story!

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If you're not worried about your kids tasting the slime during this science experiment and you don't have any psyllium, you can try making slime with our ghost slime recipe (and adding spiders instead of wiggly eyes) or our friend's starch slime recipe! They both make for excellent slimy science projects.

Are you looking for more Halloween Science Experiments? Check out our collection!! We love combining Halloween and science, and these are our favorites experiments and activities!

Happy Educating,

I may share at any of these parties!

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