My nephew (who is 7) is spending a lot of time with us at our home this summer. On one hand, this is wonderful. I love that we can bond as a family. On the other hand, it makes me cringe to hear the words, “I’m bored.”
Thankfully I have a brilliant husband who has been trying to get my nephew excited about science. Yes, science. This is what happens when you marry a chemical engineer! We took a special trip out to Target to pick up some Borax, school glue, and food coloring to teach my nephew all about polymerization.
I love that Brian even made an experiment of picking up different kinds of school glue. (Elmer’s really is best for making slime.)
We used this recipe and it was both a great learning and fun activity! I especially liked being in charge of the colors.
We had a funny conversation the next day. My brother said he remembered making slime in high school (as did Brian). I told them I had no true memory of doing this, though it seemed familiar.
Then my brother said, “Do you remember making ice cream?”
“Figures.” Then Brian laughed. Humph.
But that would be fun for the next summer activity, don’t you think? 🙂