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Make a Love Connection with Valentines Day Science

Valentine’s Day is a holiday known for its dedication to love, chocolate, and… science? The Science of Love of course!

This year we are celebrating Valentine’s Day science with a kit full of the most eye-catching, heart-grabbing, hands-on science we can find. You can use the Valentine’s Day-themed activities however you want, with whoever you want, but we guarantee that the fun you’ll have will make for a holiday you’ll never forget.

Whether you are looking for activities to do in a classroom setting, at a Valentines party or just with some of your favorite kids, this kit has the experiments for you. So turn down the lights, turn up the music and start in on some science lovin’. In this kit you will find enough materials for nine experiments and suggestions to take them further.
Start off with testing how hot you are with the Love Meter. Gently squeeze the bulb on the bottom of the Love Meter 3000 or Hand Boiler for scientific purposes. The colorful liquid will begin to rise to the top and boil. You are that hot! Or it could be that it isn’t your love that makes the liquid boil but your body temperature.
Now that you know how hot you are, move on to the Energy Stick to make a love connection. Grab a friend or 20 and touch both ends of the Energy Stick. When you complete the circuit, or “connection” the lights and alarm will go off.
Design science jewelry to make amazing Valentine’s gifts. Use special color-changing UV Beads that change color in the sun. When your love takes their unassuming white beads outside, the beads magically change to brillant red. Forget the diamonds and chocolate this year and give them the gift that serves as a reminder for sun protection. If the beads are red, it’s time to put on the sunscreen. Can a diamond necklace save a life?
What about leaving your love a secret message to decode? Forget the boring paper heart Valentines and think like a scientist. Hydrate a bowl full of Water Jelly Marbles and hide a message underneath. When your Valentine fills the bowl with water, the water beads will magically disappear and reveal the message.
The Valentine’s Day Science Kit also contains Magic Color-Changing Flowers that turn pink when exposed to “love potion,” Fortune Telling Fish that identify just how you’re feeling about your crush, and a little Love Potion #9.
Those are just a few of the activities included in the Valentine’s Day Science Kit, and we bet you’ll combine them to create even more. The science of love is incredible! You will also have Professor Cupid with you every step of the way to explain the science behind each activity. This kit is great fun for all ages, but is recommended for scientists ages 10 and up with adult supervision.

What’s included?

  • 4 sheets of Magenta Heat Sensitive Paper
  • 1 Energy Stick
  • 1 Hand Boiler
  • 2 white carnations
  • 30 Fortune Telling Fish
  • 150 Red UV Color Changing Beads
  • 25 grams of Jelly Marbles
  • 12 pack of Fizzers Coloring Tablets
  • 2 Jumbo Test Tubes with rack
  • 4 oz spray bottle of ammonia
  • 4 oz bottle of phenolphthalein
  • 30 pipe cleaners
  • One pair of Clear Safety Glasses
  • Activity Guide

What does it teach?

The Valentine’s Kit uses different fields of science to capitalize on the Valentine’s Day holiday and make it a scientific learning experience that is fun and engaging.

The Perfect Gift for Budding Scientists – Do It Yourself or All in One Science Kits

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

Do you have a pint-sized scientist in your life? Do they want to set up a mad scientist laboratory in your kitchen?

We meet so many parents, grandparents and other influential adults who know a child who is obsessed with science. These supportive adults are constantly looking for new ways to inspire their budding scientist, even if they themselves, are either scientists themselves or completely clueless in the world of science.

One question we are asked a lot is – what do I give the kid who loves science to keep that love alive?

Here are a few suggestions to think outside the box and away from plastic toys and video games.

We sell several different types of all-in-one science kits for kids of all ages, interests and price ranges. Here are the kits, as a mom, I recommend as the best science gifts.

1. Splash of Color Kit  $7.99

Perfect for ages 2 and up. No science experience needed! How fast can you mix 24 different colors using only red, yellow and blue water? Combine art and science as students experiment by adding droplets of primary colors to the 24 tiny mixing cups and create an amazing splash of rainbow colors! Discover how to mix a rainbow of colors, and learn how scientists keep track of portions when they experiment with different colors and materials. Once the mixing is done, don’t throw your masterpiece down the drain! Pull out a bag of Water Jelly Crystals and drop a pebble-size crystal into each of the compartments. In just a few minutes, you will end up with 24 jiggly, jelly-like crystals in all the colors you made! This kit will need adult supervision – it contains tiny pieces. Older kids will also have a ton of fun mixing colors and making jelly crystals.

2. Six Test Tubes in a Rack $19.99

Perfect for new or inexperienced scientists ages 4 to 12 (and beyond). Seasoned scientists will also enjoy the activities. Each unbreakable test tube in this kit holds materials for one experiment that can be done over and over.  Experiment with a growing alligator, ooey gooey jelly crystals, bubbling potions, magic sand that stays dry under water, color-changing beads, polymer plants, a test tube rainbow and erupting snow! Each test tube is a stand alone experiment with easy to understand instructions and simple science explanations. This kit does contain small pieces.

3. Big Bag of Science $39.99

Perfect for seasoned scientists ages 5 and up. Also good for scientists that like a lot of different activities. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own laboratory, look no further than this bag of science secrets.  This kit contains over 60 different experiments in a reusable bag.  Blast off with a soda explosion from a Geyser Tube‚ learn about the science of polymers including giant spheres, growing crystals, and Insta-Snow, learn about acids and bases, or even make your own slime… over 70 activities in all!  The Big Bag of Science uses materials covering multiple fields of science to help develop specific skills.  You’ll use physical science, chemistry, life science, and biology to learn about observation techniques, measurements, experimentation, and classifcation.

4. Chemistry Kit $62.99
Perfect for seasoned scientists ages 10 and up with adult supervision. (This kit contains chemicals.) The CHEM C1000 may just be the best way for young scientists to dive into the captivating world of science and chemistry. In this fascinating kit, Professor Probenius will guide you through 125 awe-inspiring experiments. Learn how to build a mini fire extinguisher, make water flow uphill, float a soap-powered boat and entertain your friends and family with amazing chemistry “magic” tricks. Discover how to identify the elements in different chemical substances with brilliant flame tests, and then use chemical reactions to make an American flag mysteriously appear.
5. Do It Yourself Kit  $Unlimited
The best part about this kit? You set the spend, you choose the science supplies and experiments and you tailor make it for the scientist in your life. Many items can be found in stores or online or at SteveSpanglerScience.com.
Here are some ideas to include in your science kit:
Check out all of the amazing science kits at Steve Spangler Science. You are sure to find the perfect gift for the mad scientist in your life. Don’t forget Test Tube stocking stuffers and for more ideas, visit our Top 12 Smart Toys gift list.

 

12 Days of Smart Toys Starts Today

Today, we celebrate the march toward the holidays with our 12 Days of Smart Toys.Each weekday, we will offer one of our 12 Educational Toys as the Deal of the Day.

We can’t tell you which item will be offered each day or the amount of the discount ahead of time. Deals start each morning at 12:00 a.m. and are in limited quantities.

To be the early bird who gets the science toy, sign up to receive the Deal of the Day emails.They are sent early each morning with all the details of the day’s sale with a link to the Deal of the Day.

And don’t forget…December 17th is the last guaranteed day you can place an order and get it there by Christmas and pay ground shipping.

 

 

Give the Gift of Learning this Holiday Season – Top 12 Educational Toys

Tis the season for turkey and trimmings, cornucopias and pumpkin pie and gift guides, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

To celebrate the season of giving, Steve Spangler Science has compiled our list of the top 12 educational toys to give this season.

Do you hate spending hours after the gifts are unwrapped undoing a million twist ties, rubber bands and tape to liberate treasures from their packaging? Do your kids really need another toy that flashes lights and plays “music” at a deafening level at all times of the day and night?

Do you have a young scientist in your life? Encourage their zest for science with these unique, smart and educational gifts that will bring learning to life. They may not even realize they are learning.

Don’t forget to also sign up for our Experiment of the Week and Deal of the Day emails. A little insider info for our blog readers – we just may be sharing a few deals around turkey time. Get the email so you won’t miss getting the best deal on this season’s smartest toys.

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It's Slime Time – Green, Clear, Colored, Glow in the Dark and Creepy Mix-Ins to Spice Up Your Slime Recipe This Halloween

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

Halloween is less than 30 days away and we are getting fired up at the Spangler Labs. One of our most popular Halloween science recipes is for slime. We began years ago with Borax and Elmer’s Glue Slime, then added Cool SlimeGreen Slime, Shaker Slime, Glacier GAKClear Slime and Atomic Slime to our free Experiment Library. This year we’ve outdone ourselves and created an entire Slime Factory and incredibly cool color-changing Vampire Slime.

Green Slime

Slime is the perfect sensory activity or Halloween party activity but it is also a lesson in polymers. Many natural and synthetic polymers behave in a similar manner. Polymers are made out of long strands of molecules like spaghetti. If the long molecules slide past each other easily, then the substance acts like a liquid because the molecules flow. If the molecules stick together at a few places along the strand, then the substance behaves like a rubbery solid called an elastomer. Borax is the compound that is responsible for hooking the glue’s molecules together to form the putty-like material.

Glacier GAK Slime with Borax

Glacier GAK is made the traditional, kitchen science, do it yourself formula. Mix glue, Borax, food coloring and water to get a putty-like consistency. For the complete step-by-step directions, visit our Glacier GAK experiment. We added blue food coloring and mixed it with white glue putty for the effect in the picture above. You can mix up any combination of colors to make a rainbow of slime. This type of slime is more putty-like – highly recommended and fun to last an afternoon.There are several different methods for making this putty-like material. Some recipes call for liquid starch instead of Borax soap. Either way, when you make this homemade Silly Putty you are learning about some of the properties of polymers.

Colored Jelly Marbles Mix-Ins for Slime Factory

If you are looking more for the ooey, gooey boogery slime, we suggest you try using the clear Elmer’s Glue with the Borax or a Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) mixture to create the perfect slime. Don’t forget the mix-ins to create your special and unique concoctions like Bug Soup Slime with rubber bugs Fairy Slime with glitter, Lumpy Slime with Water Jelly Marbles or Water Jelly Crystals, or Slime Beads with styrofoam balls. Or go free and clear and make Snot Slime.  AH-CHOO!

Fairy Slime with Glitter

Our brand new Slime Factory – is 128 oz of slime along with all kinds of mix-ins and mixtures.It’s like visiting the frozen yogurt shop but with slime. What would make you happier as a kid than having an entire Slime Factory at your fingertips. The possibilities would have been endless with the limitless imagination of young slime-ologists. This is also perfect for a Halloween or Mad Scientist Birthday Party. Just line the kids up, give them a few pumps and then let them go crazy with the mix-ins.

Vampire Slime is also brand new to our product line this year. Vampire Slime looks green as its mixed up and then turns red in the light. This special mixture was created by Steve Spangler himself and is only available through SteveSpanglerScience.com. You will want to get your hands on this for Halloween.

Don’t forget to take time to learn the science behind slime. Scientists call substances like Vampire Slime non-Newtonian fluids. A non-Newtonian fluid behaves like both a solid and a liquid at the same time. When you apply pressure, it turns into a solid (so to speak) and breaks apart. You are breaking the polymer chains apart. When you let slime flow like a liquid, it stretches with no problem as the polymer chains are allowed to uncoil. And, in addition to all that fun chemistry, you get some amazing light science in the special dyes!

We’ve also created a collection of our favorite slime recipes found on Pinterest. There are some very creative bloggers who have come up with their own slime recipes and creations. A recipe for Rainbow Slime from Tot Treasures is a very popular Pin and we can see why. Visit the site for step-by-step instructions to make this very colorful slime.

Rainbow Slime from Tot Treasures

What is your favorite type of slime? Have you blogged or shared it in some way? We’d love to see what you are doing at Halloween or anytime to create the best slime mixture. Leave us a comment below.