Rainbow Stew- Color Mixing without a Mess

Materials Needed:
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup corn starch
4 cups water
Food Coloring Red, yellow, blue

1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.
2. Stir constantly until the mixture begins to thicken. You should be able to drag a spoon through the mixture like below

3. Remove from heat and let cool.
4. Divide the mixture into three bowls.
5. Add a different color of food coloring to each bowl.
6. Put approximately three tablespoon each of two colors into a zip-lock baggie.
7. Push out all the air in the bag and then seal the bag and tape the top closed.
8. I double bag sealing each baggie with clear packing tape.
9. Once the top is sealed go around the perimeter sealing all edges for durability
10. Let the children knead the baggies to mix colors.

**I like to only do TWO colors at a time or one color that way the baggies last longer you can still play with a purple baggie and it looks pretty but brown and black baggies are not so cute and that is what happens when you mix more than two colors.

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Dino Eggs or Geodes

Dino Eggs or Geodes

Materials Needed:
Coffee grounds – Go to Starbucks ask for Donation
1 cup of used coffee grounds
1/2 cup or so water
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
wax or parchment paper
mixing bowl
small objects to put inside the dough like small dinos or stones

Stir the together the coffee grounds, water, flour, and salt until well mixed.
Add water as needed. It should be like a thick dough.
Knead the dough together and then roll into a ball insert a small dinosaur or plastic gem etc in middle roll back into a ball (or Dinosaur egg)
Put onto the waxed paper or aluminum foil.
Bake at 275 degrees for about an hour.
Check to make sure they are hard and then remove.
Make sure to flip them over once taken out the bottom is always a bit wet still so once out if you flip it the “egg” will dry out overnight.

**Triple or quadruple this recipe to make enough for the school**

Moon Rocks

Materials Needed:
1/2 cup liquid starch
2 cups rock salt
2/3 cup white glue

1. Mix starch salt and dlue in a bowl
2. Place a small amount of mixture in palm of hand and squeeze hard to make a moon rock

***If mixture is to runny and rocks do not form easily add another tbs of white glue
Moon rocks crystallize and dry hard

Science Discovery Bottles- THE BIG LIST!!!!

Discovery Bottle
These are just a few different kinds of Sensory bottle ideas make your own variations.

Make sure to ALWAYS seal your bottles securely! I cannot emphasize this enough. Unless you want your bottle opened and the contents poured out. SEAL IT… with glue. Duct tape can be peeled off by a determined kiddo. Glue is much harder for them to open up.
I also only use Gatorade and G2 bottles. They have a thicker plastic and withstand being played with often. I have some in my class that are several years old and get played with daily!

Layered Density Discovery Bottle

Color Hunt Discovery Bottle

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Color Mixing Gel Discovery Bottle

Tinsel Swirl Discovery Bottle
Waterbead Discovery Bottle

Rainbow Discovery Bottle

Color Mixing Bottle

Rubber Band and Marble Bottle
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Alphabet Discovery Bottle- 2 ways

Sink or Float Discovery Bottle

Calming Glitter Discovery Bottle
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Rain Discovery Bottle

Color Swirl Discovery Bottle
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Perler Bead Magic Discovery Bottle

Wet vs Dry Discovery Bottles

Magnet Discovery Bottles- 3 Different Kinds

Beach Discovery Bottle

Ocean Wave Discovery Bottle

Mud Discovery Bottle

Bubble Discovery Bottle

Sound Discovery Bottle

Estimate Discovery Bottle

Density Discovery Bottle

Sparkle Discovery Bottle

Static Electricity Discovery Bottle- 2 Different Ways

Theme Discovery Bottle

Weather Discovery Bottle

Oil and Water Colors Discovery Bottle

Googly Eyes Discovery Bottle
Seasonal Discovery Bottle

Hidden Objects Discovery Bottle

Graduate Discovery Bottle

Dice Discovery Bottle

Potpourri Discovery Bottle

Rust Discovery Bottle

Shampoo and Oil Bottle

Glow in the Dark Discovery Bottle

Specimen in a Discovery Bottle

Jellyfish in a Discovery Bottle

Cartesian Diver Discovery Bottle

Properties of Blood Discovery Bottle

Tornado with a Twist Discovery Bottle

Glow Jars

Sound Jars

Smell Jars

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Sound Jars

Materials Needed:
Use Pill bottles (I like these best because they are the hardest for kids to open) or other securely sealed small container and add material ingredients that will make different sounds use only one material in each bottle such as:

popcorn kernels
Any other ideas?

1. Add each ingredient singularly (each bottle only has one ingredient)
2. I make two of each so that the kids can match the sounds.
3. Let the children shake and listen to the bottles, they may then try to match up the sounds in the bottles.