My kids have been extremely excited to see the new animated feature film from Disney Studios, Wreck-It-Ralph since they first saw the trailers for it this summer. A movie about video game characters spanning 30 years? Disney has already hit a homerun for kids and their nostalgic parents and the movie doesn’t open until Friday.
Wreck-it-Ralph Courtesy Disney Studios
And now there’s another reason to be excited about Wreck-It-Ralph. We recently found out through a secret tip off from our spies in the movie industry (or maybe a friend shared a blog post with a sneak peek into the movie) that our Mentos and Diet Coke geysers are featured in the film.
The movie features several video games and their characters who travel between games in an arcade via a train on the power cords. Ralph, the bad guy in the game Wreck-It-Ralph, visits a few video games in his quest to prove he can be a hero.
To be the hit of your classroom or home Halloween party, all you need is a chunk of dry ice, some warm water, dish soap and a container. I shared some Halloween science at our Brownie Troop meeting this week. All 17 girls in the troop attended. Nothing like a promise of Halloween science to get everyone to the meeting.
This is the easiest and by far most popular dry ice demo you can do. For our Brownies, I brought Vampire Veins (Insta-Worms), Boo Bubbles and created a few bubbling cylinders to set the mood. I was caught in a crowd of gloved hands as I made Boo Bubbles for several girls. When I was done, I looked over to my cylinders and there was a large group of girls playing with the vapor and bubbles. No matter how many times I set up the Bubbling Cylinders, they are always a huge hit.
One of my responsibilities at Steve Spangler Science is to get to know bloggers by reading their blogs, leaving comments and sharing with them. Mom bloggers are incredibly creative. All of us at the Spangler Labs enjoy seeing twists on our experiments as well as new activities and science lessons that come out of the parent blogging community. Here is our choice for the top 20 blog posts for Halloween from some of the blogging world’s best kid bloggers. Not all activities are fully science-related, but all are unique and creative and will give your Halloween some extra fun.
If you see an idea below that catches your fancy, share it with your friends, family and blog readers. Just keep in mind that if you like it, link it. Give credit to the originator of the idea. Then go out and come up with your own unique idea.
One of our Facebook friends, Heather Kaiser, recently shared a very cool way to use our new Vampire Slime during a party, in the classroom or anytime you want to create a spooky activity.
Vampire Slime is a brand-new concoction from Steve Spangler Science. The unique green slime shimmers and shines red when put in the light. Is it a vampire in disguise or just some gloppy goo?
Heather is an elementary STEM lab teacher in North Carolina who put this question to the test. Hold the slime up to a mirror in the dark. Shine a flashlight on it from behind. The slime turns red and the vampire appears. Or does it? Look in the mirror and the slime is still green.
Everyone knows vampires can’t see their reflection in a mirror!
A special thank you to Heather for sharing this very cool activity.
Halloween is the time for glowing concoctions, decorations and science activities. Everything is better when it glows! Before we get into the experiments…first a quick science lesson on glow.
Luminescence is cool (pun intended!). It’s true. Things that are said to “luminesce” usually do so without needing or producing heat. You might think of it as “self-generated” light. This category of glowing stuff is divided into the following even smaller groups: fluorescence, phosphorescence, and bioluminescence.
Phosphorescence - Some materials glow after all the lights are turned off. This type of glow is called phosphorescence. “Glow in the dark” toys phosphoresce brightly in total darkness after being “charged” or excited by ordinary white or ultraviolet light. A phosphorescent material absorbs and slowly re-emits energy in the form of light. It will still glow after the lights are turned off. Remember those little stars you stuck to your roof as a kid? Those stars used a phosphorescent material to glow after you turned out the lights.
Fluorescence - Some glowing materials will only work in the presence of some form of radiation like ultraviolet light. These materials have a chemical property called fluorescence. Fluorescent materials absorb energy just like phosphorescent materials, but fluorescent materials re-emit