September 08, 2009

A Mad Scientist Party

For school-aged children, there may be nothing like a Mad Scientist party, especially as school gets underway and kids are back in science class. It’s a fun party theme that holds their attention and could even be educational. If your child is interested in the wacky side of science, seriously consider this theme!

Invitations:

Print the party details on small pieces of paper that can be rolled up, and place them in large test tubes with a rubber stopper. On the outside of the tube, write in permanent marker, “Inside contains the Mad Scientist Secret Formula for Party Fun!” These will have to be hand-delivered or mailed in cushioned envelopes.

Decorations:

  • Place a sign welcoming guests to Dr. X’s Mad Lab at the entrance.
  • In the party room, use silver and black to make it look like a high-tech lab.
  • Using black construction paper, cut out question marks, mathematical formulas, etc., and place them around the party room.
  • Have green slime on the lab tables.
  • Fill different sized jars with colored water. Inside, place plastic eyeballs, hands, noses, plastic animals, etc.
  • At the tables where the Mad Scientist experiments will happen, place face masks, magnifying glasses, test tubes, etc. to make the area look authentic.
  • When the kids arrive, provide them with white coats, and have them create name tags. Encourage them to make up mad scientist names, such as Dr. Insanity.

Activities:

You can either have the kids do the activities as a group, or have them rotate throughout the party room to different lab stations to complete the mad science activities.

  • Green Ooze: 3/4 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup water. Mix together. Add green food coloring to look like slime.
  • Static Electricity: Balloons, aluminum soda can. Blow up the balloons and rub them on the kids’ hair to make it rise. Set the soda can on a hard surface so it can roll. Move one of the rubbed balloons closer to the can. Does it move the can? Will the rubbed balloon stick to a wall?Mad Scientist
  • A Shocker: Per child: 1 penny, 1 lemon, 1 paper clip. Cut a ¼-inch slit in to the lemon to fit the penny, then another for the paperclip, close to but not touching the penny. Have the kids touch their tongues to each of the metals.
  • Falling Coin: 1 glass, 1 index card, 1 coin. Place the card over the glass evenly. Place the coin in center. Flick the card end with your finger to send it flying. What happens to the coin?
  • Suck an Egg into a Jar: 1 peeled, room-temperature hard-boiled egg, 1 jar with a narrow top (baby food jars work well), hot water. The egg will not fit into the jar on its own. Fill the jar with the hot water for 2-3 minutes. Pour the water out, and set the egg on the opening. The egg will end up inside the jar!
  • Osmotic Celery: Set celery stalks in glasses of tinted water. The stalks will absorb the color, and then the kids can eat them!

Outdoor Activities:

  • Volcanic Eruption: Make a volcano from a soda can, set on a tin pan, and form papier-mâché around it. Leave the hole in the top open. Dry and paint with browns and greens. To make the volcano erupt, place baking soda in the can, and then pour in vinegar tinted with food coloring.
  • Rocket Launch: Fill a small plastic film canister with one teaspoon of water. Quickly add one Alka-Seltzer tablet, put the lid on, and place the canister on the floor with the lid side down. Wait about 10 seconds, and your rocket should fly into the air.

Games:

  • Atom Burst: Tie two balloons to each of the kids’ ankles. Have them run around trying to burst each other’s atoms. The last kid with a “live atom” wins!
  • Mini-Molecules: Take very close-up pictures of everyday items around your home. During the party, have the kids use their magnifying glasses to figure out what they are.
  • Scientist Scramble: Muddle up the names of famous scientists, and have the kids unscramble them.

Menu:

  • Serve snacks in clear bowls and name them madly: electric chips, magnetic munchers, etc.
  • Serve electric dogs (hot dogs).
  • Serve green punch. Place plastic critters and body parts in the punch for extra madness!

Goody Bags:

Send the kids home with a face mask, test tubes, green slime, goggles, magnifying glasses, magnets, etc. Alternatively, send them home with test tubes filled with candy.

Have a fab mad party!

--Lisa Kothari, Peppers and Pollywogs

Comments

pat burnett

My daughter told me about this so i had to check it out myself, it is a hit with us and it will be our party theme on our next party.

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