Party Theme: Crazy Chemical Chaos in Se7en Steps…

Last week we had a bit of a science frenzy and we published three fat science posts in a row:

I was reminded that there was a party that had gone unreported… and it has been such a while as to almost be off the radar. So without further ado let me introduce the Crazy Chemical Chaos Party… for my Hood who totally loves science and science projects. The one who has been concocting concoctions just about forever!!!

Following the outline of se7en steps to a great party on our practical party page lets get going (If you need details on how to do something then follow the link for that particular step):

Step 1: Invitation: We printed out a periodic table for party invitations and popped the party details onto the back of them.

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Step 2: Party Starter: We made glorious gloop as our party starter and set it aside in ziplock bags to take home later.

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Step 3: Party Games: We made Giant Marvelous, Magical, Brilliant, Bubbling Brews and lets just say everyone was very engaged!!!

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Step 4: Party Craft: And for a party craft we made lava lamps (we have made these before at a Roald Dahl Party). Each child needs a glass jar, about 2/3’s filled with water. Add a gloop of oil, some food coloring and glitter. When you have all this in your jar then add some chunky salt crystals. The “heavy” salt pulls the oil down, the fact that oil is less dense than water and must rise means that it carries the salt back upwards and so it goes… an instant mini- lava lamp.

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Step 5: Party Pinata: After all this sitting around we needed a bit of a wild pinata – and I didn’t take a single photograph!!! I was pregnant at the time – forgive me!!! We filled little ziplock bags with loot (streamers, “germs”, balloons – all science requires balloons, and test tubes). And popped them in a large carrier bag filled with water. Smash and Splash … first there are little leaks and then a great woosh down on expectant heads.

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Step 6: Party Food: For the cake we made A Baked Alaska – oven baked ice-cream seemed to fit the theme…

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Step 7: Treasure Hunt: Finally they went searching for bottles of brew (soda) and added ice-cream to them to make sizzling soda floats.

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That’s it – quick and easy… Have Fun!

18 Replies to “Party Theme: Crazy Chemical Chaos in Se7en Steps…”

  1. Hi K, I could never rustle up enthusiasm for science when I was in school… I can’t believe it is suddenly more fun, but my kids are always pushing the window of new things to try and it does get to be more and more fun!!! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  2. Lovely. If they’re old enough to appreciate the ongoing progress of science, excite them with the tales of:

    ~ Darmstadtium (2001),
    ~ Roentgenium (2004, after Wilhelm Röntgen – Noble Prize for X-rays) and
    ~ Copernicium (2010, named after Nicolaus Copernicus – first astronomer to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe).

    As a geek, I have to mention these appear missing from your photo of the periodic table. 🙂

    I haven’t tried it yet, but a variation on the home lava lamp is to add a bit of bath bomb (or anything that effervesces when wet) instead of salt. Should provide more action!

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