Make Science Fun with Homemade Gak: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

December 10, 2014

Ingredibly Fun Science Experiments for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
  • Easy Homemade Gak Recipe with Photo Directions

 

Fun Science Experiments for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

Why we love this book:

My kiddos have enjoyed this science book so much that a copy is going under our Christmas Tree. It’s pretty awesome when you know your kids will cheer over a science experiment book!

When I’m not gifting books to the kiddos in my life, I like to give educational type toys that promote problem solving, thinking and creativity. This Christmas, I came across the perfect combination. I don’t watch much television and I certainly don’t have time for YouTube. Therefore, when I began searching this summer for a science experiment book for kids, I had never heard of Steve Spangler. I know, apparently he is a science experiment sensation.

After doing a bunch of research, we checked out both of Mr. Spangler’s science experiment books from our local library. Mr. Spangler is a science teacher who turns science time into a hands-on, incredibly fun time.  I like the Naked Eggs version because it has clear step-by-step directions with photos. Each science experiment also includes an in-depth kid friendly science explanation. When it is science experiment week, my kiddos peruse the experiments and pick one, making a list of the supplies we need. You’ll have most of the supplies at home and the others can be found at the grocery store. I prefer Mr. Spangler’s first book as the experiments are fairly easy and don’t require unusual supplies. His second book is very cool, but the experiments are a bit more involved. Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of the experiments we have enjoyed.

Homemade Gak

Incredibly Fun Science Experiments for Kids

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Supplies:

  • Elmer’s Glue (2 – 8 oz. bottles)
  • Borax Powder Soap
  • Jar or Bottle with Lid
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • 8 oz Plastic Cup
  • Large Spoon
  • Cookie Sheet or Plastic Tray
  • Measuring Cup
  • Food Coloring
  • Water

*This recipe makes two batches. You can make two different colors!

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Step 1: Mix Glue and Water

  • mix 1/2 cup water and 8 oz bottle of glue
  • put water & glue in jar
  • secure the lid and shake until mixed
  • put glue mixture in large mixing bowl

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Step 2: Mix Water & Borax

  • mix 1/2 cup warm water and heaping teaspoon of Borax

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Step 3: Mix Borax and Glue Solutions

  • while stirring, slowly add Borax mixture
  • you’ll begin to see the molecules connect

* You can change the consistency of the Gak by experimenting with different amounts of Borax and water.

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Step 4: Mix Gak with Your Hands

  • keep mixing until your Gak comes all together
  • some water may be left in the bowl

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

* Repeat all steps adding Food Color to Glue Mixture

 

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

*Gak with Food Color Added

 

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Step 5: Roll Gak on Tray

  • play around with the Gak a bit
  • roll each color of Gak into a log

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Step 6: Mix the Gak Colors

  • you can swirl and mix the Gak colors together
  • play with the Gak a bit more
  • put the Gak on one end of the tray and watch it creep down like a glacier

Make Science Fun with Easy Homemade Gak from waddlleeahchaa.com

Step 7: Store Gak in a Ziplock Bag

  • My kiddos played with their Gak for days!
  • Total blast and not messy.
  • My kids keep a science journal where they record the details of our experiments, key vocabulary and what they learn.

Fun Science Experiments for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite “educational” gift?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, December 21, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, December 22, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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Stasia December 11, 2014 at 6:54 am

Board games! Depending on the game they can teach math, problem solving, strategy, reading, etc.

Jeannine December 12, 2014 at 7:15 am

We love games around here. We use them for homeschool and just for fun too.

Nina H December 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

My favorite is magnatiles. My boys got them two years ago and they’re still playing with them!

Jeannine December 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

My kiddos have MAGFORMERS which are very similar to Magnatiles. They love them and I like how a wide range of ages can play with them. Great for big and little friends to play with when visiting.

Robin Guerra December 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

That is a hard question.. there are so many educational gifts. This year i sent a little girl who wants to build robots some snap circuits from Steve S web site.

Tara H December 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

We bought each boy a new game this year. I love giving games and books.

Jeannine December 16, 2014 at 7:54 am

Robin, MacGyver has snap circuits. They are a great way to begin learning about circuits.

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