Friday, October 29, 2010

Buckets-O-Fun: Yuck Science



"This is the most fun experiment ever." -Nathan (13)

My kids had a BLAST with the Yuck.  We received the free sample pack from Buckets-O-Fun, along with a small science experiment pamphlet.  My four youngest, 8-13, each prepared a sheet of notebook paper to record their observations and we got to mixing.  We decided to prepare each kind of Yuck at once and compare.  The Chunky Yuck takes 24 hours to fully hydrate, but the Saucy, Snowy, and Sticky became yucky Yuck pretty quickly.  

We checked out the texture, smell, etc. of each bowl and then the kids were let loose to have a good time playing with the slimy, snotty goo.  This provided much fun and laughter and we even managed a discussion of polymers and how they react. A good time was had by all.

I had been warned that clean up could be a bear and was prepared with a large bottle of vinegar.  The Yuck cannot be washed down a drain (expanding polymers=bad idea) and so we dumped it into the trash bag first before washing with vinegar.  The vinegar also worked well to clean hands and the plastic tablecover.  It was a little smelly for awhile, but it worked like a charm.

Yuck can make for messy fun for birthdays, co-ops, youth groups, or no reason at all.  It's available from Buckets-O-Fun at various prices, depending on amount.  You can order the free sample as well and try it out yourself!



1 comment:

Lizzie said...

Sounds like a blast! Polymers are always classic fun.

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