Thursday, December 31, 2015
The boy and I have been busy this holiday season having fun with science experiments and other fun projects. We stayed home for the holidays this year and it left us with lots of free time for fun.
Fox sent us the most awesome box of Fantastic Four themed science experiments which pretty much had Ben's name written all over them. We also got a copy of the Fantastic Four movie, so the boy is in his superhero glory mode.
For our experiments, we tried out the Invisible Women's invisible writing, complete with black light pens! We crafted secret messages (or other experiment labels). The black light shines UV light on the invisible ink, which is made up of phosphors. The phosphors convert the UV light into a glowing light we can see.
We started a jar of The Thing's Clobberin' Candy. Ben read how the sugar is a solute and the water we boiled was a solvent. Once the water cooled, the molecules of sugar began to separate, then stick to themselves to grow the rock candy. Currently, the rock candy is still crystallizing and Ben can't wait to try it out.
We also made awesome candles with a la The Human Torch and learned a bit about combustion and how candles work with the three stages of matter. The flame melts the wax, then the liquid wax goes up through the wick to keep the flame burning. The flame vaporizes some of the liquid wax and it's released as a gas into the air.
Next up, Mr. Fantastic's Stretchy Slime! Stretchy slimes are viscoelastic liquids. These thick, slow moving liquids become elastic solids when you add boric acid and silicon to them. This creates stretchy hydrogen bonds that can stretch and reset over and over again.
Want to try some Fantastic Four experiments too? Click the photo below for three easy experiments you can do at home with ingredients from around the house!
Disclosure: The information in this post, the science kits, and a copy of Fantastic Four were provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.