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Sticky Snot


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Sticky Snot

In this activity, learners create slime to model mucus and examine how it collects simulated particles. Mucus keeps particles from the environment out of our lungs when we breathe. Activity includes step-by-step directions for how to make the mucus mixture, suggested reflection questions, and the science behind the model. An activity video explains how to make the slime mixture and how mucus works. A Spanish version of the activity and video are also available.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • Glue (Elmer’s preferred)
  • Laundry detergent (must contain some form of borate)*
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon(s)
  • Craft stick/spoon
  • Bowl
  • Large plate/flat surface
  • 4 Kitchen spices (e.g. ground cinnamon, dill, parsley, black pepper)
  • *NOTE: Wash your hands after completing the activity.
  • *NOTE: Adult supervision recommended

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Respiration

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