This quick and easy slimy insects in amber excavation will have you thinking you've landed yourself in Jurassic Park.
1/2 cup clear glue
1/2 cup water to mix with glue
1/2 cup of warm water to mix with the Borax powder
1/4 tsp Borax powder which you can find online or on the laundry aisle
Measuring cups, bowl, spoon or popsicle sticks
Red and yellow food coloring
Some little plastic ants, bugs, or insects
Now that we have all of our materials together, let's make the slime.
First, I like to get the borax solution going. Simply add the 1/4 teaspoon Borax powder to the 1/2 cup warm water. Use the popsicle stick to mix, crush and break apart any Borax chunks. I then add a drop or two each of the red and yellow food colorings to get a nice orange color.
Next, mix the 1/2 cup of water with the 1/2 cup of clear glue. Use one of the popsicle sticks to mix this together well.
Now we are ready to activate our glue mixture. Pour small amounts of the Borax solution into the glue mixture and mix with the popsicle stick. The glue will start clumping. Once the glue starts to hold onto the popsicle stick, you can pick it up and start working it with your hand until it forms slime.
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Pro tip: Rub some lotion onto your hands if the slime is sticking to your skin.
Once your slime is ready, simply put it in a clear container and insert your plastic bugs and your insects in amber excavation will be complete.
This is a fun and easy excavation that is great for inspiring students during a homeschool lesson about dinosaurs and fossils and is a great in-class demonstration to get students excited about science.
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