Monday, January 3, 2011

Robot Snowmen...

 Here's a great snowy day project for Kid Scientists of all ages, based on this cornstarch clay recipe at Disney's Family Fun magazine online.

Ages: All ages of Kid Scientists can play with the clay and create snowmen robots.  Only Big Kids should cook the clay recipe, and only with supervision.

Materials:  2/3 cup salt, 1/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, found objects from around the house

  • This is a good opportunity for Kid Scientists to practice measuring dry ingredients
  • In a small saucepan, mix the salt and baking soda with 1/3 cup of water and bring to a boil
  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water mixing well
  • Once the salt mixture has boiled, remove it from the heat and add the cornstarch mixture
  • Stir to thicken the clay
  • Remove the clay to a sheet of waxed paper and allow it to cool before working with it. 
  • Create your snow men with the clay and accent with "found objects" to create a Robot Snowman

  • Set your Robot Snowmen in a safe place to dry.  This clay takes a couple of days to dry completely.

4 Science Moms have commented...:

Shopper Gal said...

Those turned out super cute!!!

Cyndy said...

Adorable! Do you know if you can make that "snow" the night before and still shape it the next day? I'm a teacher and would maybe consider doing this with my class. Thanks for the idea!

Kimberly@The Muddy Princess said...

This is an absolutely adorable idea - my son and his friends would love it! I'll be checking your blog often because my son wants to have a science party for his birthday next month. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

The Mom I Want To Be said...

So cute!!!! My son will love this activity!