Thursday, March 19, 2009

Doctor Birthday Party Bash Part 2: The Science Lab

The FAVORITE Center at our Doctor Party Bash
was the Science Lab.
I set up my portable table in the kitchen
for the Doctors to conduct their lab experiments.

Everything was non-toxic
and the experiments used simple ingredients
from my kitchen:
oil, water, food coloring, milk, vinegar, and dish soap.

Each station was equipped with
a set of test tubes from Discount School Supply,
an eye dropper also from Discount School Supply,
a pipette from Oriental Trading Company,
and a re-purposed frozen mini-quiche tray.

Our centerpiece was one of our first experiments.
A home-made lava lamp.
A glass jar filled with cooking oil
and ice cubes dyed with food coloring.
As the cubes melted, the colored blobs slowly
floated to the bottom.
I got this great idea from my blogger buddy Lisa
over at 5 Orange Potatoes - Check out her Melting Rainbows post.

A bird's eye view of the color mixing action.
Each circle of the quiche trays was filled with water.
Three of them were filled with a drop of food coloring:
Red, Blue, and Yellow.

The kids experimented with mixing colors.
If you've been reading my blog for a while
you will recognize this project from my
Color My World - Rethink How You Can Use Your Trash post.

They also loved the
Milky Fireworks experiment.
1.Fill a rimmed baking sheet with a layer of milk.
2.Drop a few drops of food coloring in the milk.
3.Add a drop of dish soap to the center of each food coloring blob.
4.Sit back and Watch the colors mix and swirl.
It's like a time-lapse movie of a tie-dyed shirt.

The scientists at work in their lab.

WE also had a jar with an
Egg soaked in Vinegar
The acid dissolves the calcium carbonate
from the shell.
Some of the vinegar will pass through
the membrane and
plump up the egg.
The end result is a fat, gooey egg
that the kids and grown-ups
couldn't resist touching
(be careful not to pop it!)

Then we made them wash their hands
with soap immediately!


Lisa said...

Wow, the best party ever! Seriously cool, I bet everyone had a blast and are still talking about it! :)

michelle said...

Looks like it was a fabulous and fun party, great job!

Miko's Girl said...

These experiments are clever. I'm in awe of your party planning skills.

EntertainingMom said...

I love it! My kids would so love this. We did a great craft/art projec the other day. Great for all ages... very springy... Come check out my blog...

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

Too fricken cool!!

Sarah said...

You're the coolest mom ever! This sounds so much better than any kids' birthday parties I've ever been to!

Leanne Lonergan said...

I wish I could have been at that party!!!!!What fun...love your blog!!!!

Levin (and Emily) said...

this looks like fabulous fun. i will have to try the experiments out with the boys.
thanks for stopping by my blog - i'm still coming to terms with the fact that my creations don't have to be perfect :)

kristen said...

Ok. This is amazing! All I can say is Wow!

Dawn said...

This is such a fun idea! So clever! I've never seen this done before either. My son would love a party like this. I'm bookmarking this post in my idea folder.

Mary said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. That party looks amazing. I'm sure everyone had a fantastic time!

Lori said...

wow what a cool birthday party!!

pink green & southern said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours is GREAT!

dongdong said...

That is fabulous! I love your banner. The rainbow colors are beautiful.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad I found yours now!! :)

Shelley a.k.a. Momma said...

Wow, that sounds like lots of fun! How creative and unique! Thanks for letting me know you stopped by my blog!

Madeline said...

What an awesome birthday party! You are sure to be dubbed the coolest mom ever.
This is my first visit to your blog. It's fabulous!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Oh my gosh how totally fun is that. Will you come plan my almost 3 year olds party. That looks like a lot of work!

Amy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I thought I'd come over and check out yours too :-)

My son's b-day party was just yesterday. He had an army/camo themed party. Your party put mine to shame ;-)

Leanne said...

Oh my I've just been reading your Doctor Party posts....how fabulous! That is the most imaginative childrens party I've ever seen....truly! Well done you!
What a lovely place you have here to visit....and thanks for stopping by mine as well....! x

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

That sounds like so much fun! I bet the kids all loved it!

Siayla said...

OK This must have been the best birthday bash in the history of human life as we know it! Too much fun!

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