Clean Me Up, Snotty

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Learners will explore the chemistry of mucous and its importance to our health by following a process to make their own replica "snot." The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, and a note about doing STEAM with kids. This activity requires unflavored gelatin and corn syrup.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Hot water
  • Corn syrup
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Breakfast cereal (or crumbled cookies or crackers)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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