Category: Fizz Boom Read

Slime Making: Fizz Boom Read!

Slime Making: Fizz Boom Read!


wpid-slime-oozy.jpg.jpegWe got really messy this week in our Weird Science program. We made three different slime recipes and played around with each one to see which was the gooiest (yes, I just made up that word!). Using household ingredients and a little bit of prep work, you too can have an awesome STEM party! I had three tables setup with four stations at each table with all the ingredients needed, as well as instructions, bowls, and spoons. I made measuring cups for each ingredient or else this wouldn’t have worked with the amount of kids/ages in the program. The children still needed to measure correctly, so I don’t think it really mattered that I didn’t provide teaspoons or tablespoons. I included instructions for each, and a science sheet that you can photocopy for everyone. It was a great success and I would do it again! (I just needed to wipe down the tables a few extra times during cleanup.)

Slime experiments


Slime RecipesFinished slimes

I passed around the three different recipes to show the children what the slime would look like and feel like.
Slime supplies

Fizz Boom Read: Egg Drop with School Agers

Fizz Boom Read: Egg Drop with School Agers

Egg drop supplies

This was a nice, easy program to run for this year’s summer reading program. I asked my coworkers to save some materials:

  • cereal boxes
  • paper towel rolls
  • granola boxes
  • disposable coffee trays

I also supplied:

  • straws
  • paper clips
  • Popsicle sticks
  • scissors
  • tape
  • bubble wrap sheets
  • cotton balls
  • 2 dozen eggs

Egg drop group

I found a funny picture book conveniently titled Egg Drop by Mini Grey that I read to everyone at the beginning of the program. I then asked the children to get into teams. I instructed each team that they were allowed to use:

  1. one cardboard piece
  2. one piece of bubble wrap (I didn’t want them to use too much!)
  3. any other materials

Each team had to construct something that the egg would fit into (I wouldn’t allow the eggs to brought out until the very end of the program). Luckily it was a gorgeous day outside and I’m blessed to have an amazing library property. So I took all the kids outside and lined them up. Each team had a chance to secure their egg, then give me their team name and egg name. We counted down from 5 and I dropped the egg from about 10′. The local newspaper came and printed some awesome photos!

Egg Drop 1 Egg Drop 2

Tower Building with the School Age

Tower Building with the School Age

Tower Building (2)

For one of my Fizz Boom Read programs, I did a tower building activity. I read The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. Then I setup two stations with supplies. It was really cheap and lots of fun! The only thing I needed for myself was a tape measure.

Tower Building (4)

Station One: spaghetti, marshmallows, and wax paper (not pictured: I learned this after the fact! The marshmallows melt to everything, so I would recommend placing wax paper on the floor to save you from mopping!)

Tower Building (3)

Station Two: straws, paper clips, scissors

Give the kids plenty of time to experiment with building. I had them form teams and go to town. Look at some of their creations!

Tower Building b Tower Building c Tower Building a Tower Building f Tower Building (15) Tower Building d Tower Building e Tower Building (10)

Smell-a-Rama Bingo


Smellers bingo


Smell a Rama Bingo (13)

I created a Bingo game to go with the summer reading theme, Fizz, Boom Read! This interactive Smell-a-Rama Bingo is easy and on the cheap side. I used a lot of ingredients I already had in the house and around the library, and asked co-workers to bring in some stuff I didn’t have at home.

What You Need:

  • Styrofoam cups (The Styrofoam holds the smells in a lot better.)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Rubber bands
  • A pin
  • Bingo Cards: Smeller’s Bingo
  • Crayons
  • PowerPoint Game: Smeller’s Bingo

What You Do:

Prepare each cup for a unique scent. Rub the fruit/herbs/etc. around inside the cup. Rip pieces of aluminum foil to cover the lid and secure with a rubber band. Prick a few holes in the foil so the smell can be unleashed.

Smell Bingo Cup (1) Smell Bingo Cup (3) Smell Bingo Cup (2)

How to Play:

Hand out Bingo Cards and crayons.

Pass out one cup at a time and let the kids smell the cup. Have them color a square of that scent if it’s on their bingo card.

Give out clothespins for each bingo a child gets so they can hold their nose.

Smell MasterFor more school age ideas, check out Bryce Don’t Play. She’s hosting this month’s school age blog hop, Thrive Thursday. To check out past roundups, click here. For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.


Musical Melodies

Musical Bottles (5)

I will be doing a Musical Melodies program this summer with my school agers. Since the setup is a little time consuming, I have done it ahead of time.

You’ll Need:

  • 5 glass bottles (12 oz.) (Since we don’t drink much of anything except water, I asked the local package store for clear,  glass bottle donations and they gave me free, empty Coronas.)
  • Water
  • Measuring cup with ounces
  • Food coloring
  • Optional: rubber gloves and newspaper (if you’re clumsy like me and spill food coloring all over) and a skewer to stir food coloring
  • Wood tipped drumsticks
  • Optional: Bottle capper, bottle caps, can opener (Again, I’m lucky because my husband has some cool tools around the house. You can ask a local brewery if they could do this for you, or you can purchase the capper and caps for about $20.00. Or, you can setup an hour before the program. I made four sets of five and it took about 45 minutes from start to finish. I will use a bottle opener to open the bottles before the kids walk in the door.)
Colored Bottle Amount of water Food coloring drops
Red 11.4 oz 5 red
Orange 7.8 oz 1 red + 8 yellow
Green 6.6 oz 3 green
Blue 4.8 oz 3 blue
Purple 3.6 oz 2 red + 1 blue


1. Measure the ounces into each bottle.
1. Measure the ounces into each bottle.
2. Place drops of food coloring in each bottle. Stir with skewer.
2. Place drops of food coloring in each bottle. Stir with skewer.
3. Optional: Cap bottles and store until you're ready for the program!
3. Optional: Cap bottles and store until you’re ready for the program!

I will have some easy songs for the children to learn how to play, using wood-tipped drumsticks:

OLD MACDONALD Jingle Bells Mary Had a Little LambBryce Don’t Play is hosting this month’s school age programming blog hop: Thrive Thursday.  To check out past roundups, click here. For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group. Email me if you want to host in the fall!


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