I am so very excited to be working on a mad science birthday party this time around… super heroes were getting a little redundant (although it was nice to reuse supplies). We have not had the party yet and we are still in the planning process but I will try to update this as much as possible so I can share everything – including pictures with the parents.
I made birthday invitations using Word and borrowed pictures from Google. A necessity for the invitation was green slime, beakers, and a little mad scientist. I happened to find a graphic that reminded me of my son Cameron – red hair and blue glasses. I spent my lunch break messing around with the limitations of Word and found that when I went to print the picture or save it as a PDF, everything would move out of place. I’m hoping to figure out a better solution so I can post the template for others to use – but in the mean time I took a screen shot of invitation, using Snipping Tool, and saved it as a jpg. Voila! I now have an icon for our Facebook invites and a copy to print for the school friends.
We made a green slime monster birthday cake with eyeballs and worms sticking out. It was a relatively easy and fun cake to make.
I used half a ball cake pan for the top, and then 2 round pans – 9″ & 7″.
Trimmed the sides to make it the layers more flush and added fondant (not necessary at all with this cake but I had leftover green fondant from the ninja turtle cake anyways).
Spray the cake with butter flavored pam for a shiny effect
Added gummy body parts and worms with toothpicks. Everyone loved being able to pick which body part they wanted.
Mad Scientists: Each child got a lab coat, name tag, goggles, and gloves
We bought men’s plain t-shirts (Hanes) and drew a lab coat in front – collar, buttons, and pockets. I added labels with a logo and Cameron’s Mad Labs where an embroidered company would normally be.
These were quite helpful considering some of the experiments got messy and instead of the kids coloring their clothes they got these dirty instead.
The name tags were the first part of the event. The kids were to write their name on the top and then create their monster picture in the orange box. I found these awesome little create-a-monster books with about 4 pages of stickers with different monster body parts. http://www.amazon.com/Create-Monsters-Sticker-Activity-Stickers/dp/0486475158/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411390905&sr=8-1&keywords=create+monster+book
Instead of putting some generic picture of a barcode I decided to make a QR code that linked the parents to this site, where I will eventually have pictures of the event. :) You can create your own QR code or barcode at http://www.barcodesinc.com/generator/qr/ at no cost and just copy the image for your invitations or name tags.
Goggles and Gloves:
You can order both of these online – like Amazon and I found it easier to have most of the items delivered to my house even if it ended up costing a little more. They also sell cheap safety glasses and gloves at the dollar store.
Link to kids colored safety glasses – http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Glasses-Intruder-Multi-Color/dp/B002KA00KS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411390498&sr=8-1&keywords=kids+safety+glasses
Link to blue disposable gloves – http://www.amazon.com/Liberty-T2010W-Industrial-Glove-Disposable/dp/B00C9P9ALE/ref=sr_1_3?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1411390606&sr=1-3&keywords=T2010W+Nitrile+Industrial+Glove%2C+Powder+Free%2C+Disposable
Games /Activities/ Experiments:
1) Edible DNA Structures
After googling these later, we could have done this a little better with licorice but the kids still had fun making them and then eating after they were done.
2) Lava Water Bottles
3) Sand Volcanoes
4) Dissolving Dinosaur Eggs
5) Bouncy Goo Balls
6) Elephant Toothpaste
7) Diet Soda and Mentos
We ran out of time and didn’t get to do the dissolving eggs, bouncy goo balls, or elephant toothpaste but I will still post pictures and information for those experiments.
The party went great and 2 hours just wasn’t long enough for all the fun we had planned. I made a schedule to keep track of which experiments we were to do and a list of what I need to buy.