Dry Ice Crystal Ball!

Dry ice is great fun all year, of course, but there's just something about October and Halloween that really brings out the coolest dry ice experiments. One of my favorites is also one of Spangler Science's simplest experiments.  All you have to buy is the dry ice, and dry ice is very inexpensive.  (Most grocery stores are happy to sell you a [...]

Halloween Slime Sweepstakes

Halloween is Steve's favorite time of year and he believes it's not the same without a little ooey, gooey, spooky fun! To make your Halloween super slimey, Steve is giving away 20 - 32 oz Slime Kits beginning Oct 1 through Oct 23, 2015. Five winners will be announced each Friday and will receive Steve's Green Slime Kit, originally formulated by Steve for Hollywood special [...]

We Can Only Scream If We Have A Voice

Let's talk about voice.  Let's talk about connections.  Let's talk about screaming. I wear a lot of hats in the course of my days. This past week, I've been wearing this one: The lesson last Halloween week in my writing labs was "Nobody will hear you unless you have a voice, and you'll only have a voice if you've got something to say." This ties to my [...]

Until Next Year, Polymer Body Parts

Halloween is over and it's time to put away the polymer body parts, but first, let's compare what they look like at the end of October with what they looked like at the beginning of October. Watching a polymer grow is always fun;  with some polymers, the transformation is instant, and with others, the change takes a little more time, but never very [...]

Dismembered Body Parts: Day 31

Check out our dismembered body parts now!  Skipped a few days, do you think?  I got busy playing with other polymers with my students - pictures to follow. When last we left our dismembered body parts, the hypothesis was that the polymer hand, foot, brain, nose, ear, and hungry alligator would eventually grow so large that they would push off the lid [...]

Dismembered Body Parts: Day 9

I've missed a few days since Day One, but the point remains that our hydrogel polymer dismembered body parts just keep on growing.  Kind of as if they were real. . . . Remember how tiny each of these dismembered pieces used to be? Two inches, and all of them together not covering the bottom of the big jar, and now? Pretty [...]

Dismembered Body Parts: Day Five

Dismembered body parts: day five?  What happened to Day Four? Sorry about day four.  I went to a Renaissance Faire dressed like Minerva McGonagall.  Any questions? Moving right along to Day Five, the polymer body parts have almost filled the jar.  All but two of them are still floating, but one of the noses is on the bottom of the jar.  Do you [...]

Dismembered Polymer Body Parts, Days 2 & 3

You saw how tiny the dry polymer body parts were in my first post about dismembered body parts.  Polymers absorb the liquid quickly, some more quickly than others, but all absorb pretty fast.  Our dismembered polymer body parts, packed away since last October and dry as bones (body parts. bones.  I crack myself up sometimes!) wasted no time in starting to [...]

Dismembered Mad Scientist Body Parts, Pt. 1

It's October, so of course I had to get out my Spangler Science Growing  Body Parts and start my annual October growth-fest of the macabre!  Is that an alligator in there with the dismembered body parts?  Well, naturally.  If you were an alligator, wouldn't you go where the body parts were?  It's like an alligator buffet of good things to eat!  (The [...]

Science Craft – Halloween Bead Patterns

This cute activity is perfect for a Halloween party or crafting afternoon. We used Color Changing UV Beads in these Pony Bead Critters that can hang from backpacks, zippers, lockers, classroom ceilings, party favor bags or wherever. They will even change color in the sunlight. Here's step-by-step instructions on how to make a skull using UV Beads. We've also included links to other sites that [...]