Monday, May 3, 2010

Mad Scientist Mamas

Maggie's son Jack turned five last week, and he informed us that he wanted to have a science party. We put on our thinking caps and came up with some fun and simple ideas and activities to get the kids brains working while having fun at the same time! So while we don't really have a tutorial for you all today, we thought we'd shared the various aspects of our homemade party, as well as let you in on a few of our frugal tricks!

To make this an official science party, we ordered the kids lab coats from this company. We found they had disposable ones for super-cheap and the kids loved dressing up. To make them even sillier, we put gobs of hair gel in their hair so they could have "mad scientist hair". It was a simple thing, but it really helped set the tone for the party.
Jack's first requirement was that his party needed to have a piñata in the shape of an exploding test tube. WHAT?? After a few moments of thinking, "how in the world are we going to pull this off?", we checked out our post from last year on making a piñata. Using a long balloon for the basic shape, we covered it in paper mache, then covered it in tissue paper to make it look like a test tube filled with green stuff. To make it look like it was exploding, we cut out a circle of paper to cover the top of the "tube" and made a plume of red, orange, and yellow tissue paper to be the explosion and a little green tissue added to make it look like the stuff inside was coming out as well. To complete the look we added measurement lines and numbers up the front of the piñata (we numbered it from 1 to 5, since Jack was turning 5). We think it turned out pretty cute!

Since the majority of the kids at the party were around 5, we tried to come up with some age-appropriate experiments for them to do, such as sucking an egg into a bottle, observing celery in colored water, making a volcano with baking soda and vinegar (with sand playdough for the base!), and exploding a bottle of soda with Mentos.

Our boys (and most boys we know) LOVE to get messy. So we decided that one of our activities would be to make slime. With the kids, Rebecca whipped up a batch using liquid starch, food coloring, and white glue. This gloppy, slimy, stretchy, sticky stuff kept the kids occupied for a long time. With this activity, we were happy they had lab coats because some of our scientists got a bit messy! We also had some test tubes (which we found at Amazon.com for free thanks to a gift certificate!) in the goody bags filled with our slime for the kids to take home!

After the kids were finsihed with experiments, we had pizza and of course cake! Maggie was inspired by this brain cake but thought it might be a little small to feel the crowd we were having. So she decided to make the brain but have it hooked up to some sort of machine (made from a sheet cake). What mad scientist wouldn't love that?

This turned out the be a great party for Jack and all the kids. They were able to be involved in so many activities and even learn a few things in the process. And all this fun cost us very little money. Almost everything we used was either homemade or found at incredible prices. Three cheers for thrifty fun!
We had to share this picture of Rebecca's son Jonah making his "mad scientist face" - hilarious!
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34 comments:

  1. so fantastic! I love all the experiments you thought up and the pinata is over the top great!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  2. This looks amazing!!! Such great ideas as always, makes me want to celebrate my 5th birthday again also! LOL
    MJ @ http://mybusycraftlife.blogspot.com

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  3. Very cute!! Stopping by from Just Something I Whipped Up. :)
    goingjane.blogpsot.com

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  4. Would it be ok if I posted a link to this post with the pic of your cake from our Science is Growing blog at scienceisgrowing.blogspot.com? It's very cool!

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  5. Yay! So happy you all like our little party!
    Visitoardc, we would be so flattered! Please do!

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  6. Hi! What a really creative party! I own a children's theme party business but my blog is about frugal entertaining and party ideas and tips. Do you have any more pics of your party? I would love to feature you?? Thanks.

    Michelle
    www.maddycakesmuse.blogspot.com

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  7. As a mad scientist, I wholeheartedly approve of this party! Great job, cousins!

    -cousin brad.

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  8. Hello!!!
    I would like to make this experiments with my nephews!!! I think it will be really funny!!
    Greetings from Italy!
    Laura

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  9. what an awesome idea! fantastic cake. it's every teacher's dream to hear that a kid wanted a science themed birthday party! well done!

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  10. I work for a children's educational entertainment company that does science parties and you actually did quite a few of our "official" experiments!
    Great job! I love the labcoats and the hair. It always makes me smile when mom's take the extra step for parties that I end up doing.

    I'm your newest follower from from the spotlight yourself blog hop. Come by for a visit!
    fromlazytolady.blogspot.com

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  11. My kids are going to LOVE this! TY!!!!Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
    Leigh, Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  12. i LOVE this..have to feature
    diycelebrations.blogspot.com

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  13. what a fun party, my seven year old would have been in heaven! thanks for sharing.

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  14. What a fun and unique party idea. I bet my daughter would love this as well. Thanks for linking up!

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  15. That is such a GREAT IDEA!!!! Kudos to your munchkin for thinking of it and major kudos to you for pulling it off. Those kids must have had a BLAST!!!! :-)

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  16. I am filing this away for my son for next year! What a great idea!!! I saw you on tatertots.

    <3

    Risa

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  17. What a neat idea! Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!

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  18. This party sounds awesome! Great ideas, love the brain cake.

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  19. I was wondering if you actually used glass test tubes or plastic??

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  20. Hi Heidi! We definitely used plastic. We found some that came with screw-on caps, which helped contain the mess!

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  21. This is a really great party! I'm party mad, so it's nice to find other mamas who do such creative parties. Faulous! My frined PaisleyJade posted your link on my facebook page cos she knew I'd really love this. Well Done. xx

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  22. What asuper cool party theme! Love your pinata - so creative! I love theme parties and you have done a wonderful job on the details! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  23. Love this! I am blogging it at 4growingboys.blogspot
    to do for my son's party. He loves experiments. Thanks so much.

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  24. So how big were your test tubes then to fit slime in??
    Also, the place you linked up to order the lab coats...is there any way to cut back on their shipping costs...it seemed pricey for some lightweight coats!!

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  25. What a fun party! Way to go. My daughter is a total scientist, I'll have to keep this project on my project list. Thanks.

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  26. What a fun party! How great is that cake??!! Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  27. My son loves the cake and the science party theme. He's got to wait though for ten months until his 8th birthday. But it looks like this is sometime that older kids would enjoy too.

    Thanks for the idea!

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  28. Hey about the link to the inexpensive lab coats, I ordered some for my daughter's party. We called their customer service # and the rep helped us get cheaper shipping rates thru other shippers. Try it out.

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  29. Just wanted to let you know I ordered lab coat from the company you link to and have had a horrible experience. Even after paying extra shipping have not heard any word of shipping and company doesn't answer their phone or emails. I wouldn't link to them anymore if I were you.

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  30. what an awesome idea! fantastic cake. it's every teacher's dream to hear that a Kids Lab Coats wanted a science themed birthday party! well done!

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  31. which lab coat did you purchase? the snap one or the open closure?

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  32. It is awesome! I really like the time you took to collaborate everything together. The lab coats.

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