Simple science experiments to prepare your kids for the Zombie Apocalypse!
A year ago I was shocked (and amused) to see kindergarteners playing “Zombie Tag” — mouths gaping and arms flailing, as they dragged themselves after one another. Something about the putrid undead seems to appeal to kids, so rather than fight it, James Doyle created The Zombie Catcher’s Handbook as a fun way to teach kids how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse (and learn some pretty great science and outdoor safety and survival lessons along the way). Though these three activities are geared towards older kids, you’ll want to be sure to keep a watchful eye as some of these science experiments use household cleaners and medicines.
3 Zombie Activities for an Apocalyptic Halloween
How to Make Weeping Zombie Goo
The undead are walking bags of decay. One of their key features is the open sores they sport on their rotting flesh. This activity helps you create your very own oozing green zombie goo!
- 2-1⁄4 cups warm water
- 2 large bowls
- 1⁄8 cup Borax powder
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons Elmer’s glue
- Green liquid food coloring
- 1 cup
1. Pour the warm water into a bowl.
2. Add the Borax powder and stir. Let the mixture cool a little.
3. In the other bowl, mix in 3 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons glue. Now add a few drops of food coloring and mix until you are happy with the color.
4. Take 1 tablespoon of the Borax mixture and add it to the glue mixture. You’ve just made weeping zombie goo! Enjoy!
The decaying wounds of zombies are the perfect environment for worms and maggots. With this activity, you’ll create your very own wriggling and writhing zombie worms.
- 1 bowl
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 cup water
- 1 package gummy worms
- 1 (16-ounce) clear glass
- 1 fork
1. In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda into 1 cup of water and stir the solution well.
2. Use scissors to carefully cut some of the gummy worms from top to bottom so that they are much thinner. Each worm should be cut into at least 4 long strips. The rule is the thinner the better for this experiment.
3. Take the super-thin worms and place them in the baking soda solution. Let them soak there for around 20 minutes.
4. Fill the clear glass with vinegar and when 20 minutes are up, lift the worms out of the baking soda solution with the fork and drop them into the glass of vinegar. Watch what happens!
How to Make Zombie Blood Splatter
As a zombie invasion happens, you will soon become use to the sight of zombie blood. This activity will show you how to make your very own zombie blood and help you look like a real member of the undead.
- 2 laxative pills such as Dulcolax
- 1 bowl
- 1 spoon
- 1 bottle of rubbing alcohol
- 1 bar of soap
1. Place the pills into the empty bowl.
2. Use the back of the spoon to crush the pills.
3. Pour the rubbing alcohol into the bowl.
4. Rub the mixture over both hands and wait for your hands to dry.
5. Once your hands are completely dry, wash the mixture off with the soap and find a friend who you can totally freak out.
Your zombie bloodbath is caused by a clever chemical reaction. The laxative pills have a chemical inside called phenolphthalein. When mixed with a base (or alkali), it turns bright red in color. The soap contains a strong alkali that is released when water is added to it, and this turns your hands blood red.
Text © James Doyle
Illustrations © Andrew Brozyna
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