Recently, I have been hearing my oldest son, who is ten years old, start to talk about what he wants to do when he grows up. I have heard a few different ideas floating around like becoming a chef, being an inventor and being a scientist.
I just want him to be happy with whatever he chooses to do with his life, but since he’s still so young, I figure I can take the opportunity to help him explore all of the things he’s been mentioning. In addition to working together in the kitchen, my son has been busy inventing all sorts of things up in his room. I also bought a few books with simple science experiments that we can do at home to help encourage his love of science. My son zoned in on one activity in particular: making boogers. Yes, boogers.
Have you ever wondered where boogers and snot come from? C’mon admit it, everyone has! Children and adults alike get boogers and snot from time to time; no one is exempt from these things. Snot and boogers are actually formed from proteins and sugars in our bodies, that mix and in turn become stringy. That my friend is where snot comes from. When those strings of protein harden, you have boogers. It is gross and fascinating at the same time! Find out more about how boogers and snot are made when you try this homemade boogers and snot recipe below!
Here is what you will need:
½ cup of hot water
2 packets of clear gelatin
¼ cup of sugar
Green food coloring
1. Begin by heating your water. Filling a mug and heating it in the microwave is ideal. Just use caution since the contents will be hot.
2. Pour in the gelatin and sugar. Stir well. Right away you will notice some clumping.
3. Add 2-3 drops of green food coloring. Continue to stir.
4. Take the spoon and remove any large clumps from the water. Use caution as it may still be hot.
5. Knead the clumps in your hand. Notice how they pull and stretch into thin threads, just like snot. EWWW! As the clumps dry out, they will begin to harden and break apart, just like boogers. EWWW!
This experiment is a great way to show how snot forms in our bodies and can turn to boogers. Give this homemade boogers and snot a try in your own kitchen. You are sure to have some super gross fun!
My kids aren’t the only ones creating their own path in life, though. The all new original special Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, premiering last Friday, celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to create your own destiny.
In two other Netflix original series premiering this month, there are kids also creating their own destinies. Teenage mermaids stand out from the crowd in Season 2 of Mako Mermaids (2/13), and Richie Rich (2/20), the same entrepreneur we grew up with, is back but this time his refusal to eat his veggies has made him a trillionaire.
Need more ideas? Here are a few other ways to get your kids’ wheels turning:
For your little kids:
1. Build and fix things: Handy Manny
2. Make a discovery: Sid the Science Kid
3. Walk on the moon: Justin Time: Blast off!: S1E13
4. Explore the ocean: Octonauts
For your big kids:
1. Make sweet treats: Cupcake Wars
2. Get into show biz: Fame High
3. Represent Team USA: The Gabby Douglas Story
4. Master the kitchen: Chopped
And for teens and parents:
1. Get the corner office: Undercover Boss
2. Travel the world: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
3. Walk the red carpet: Liz & Dick
4. Run my own restaurant: Wahlburgers
Since we are just coming off of school vacation week, we had lots of time to catch up on our favorite Netflix shows and do some other fun science experiments – but I am pretty sure the homemade snot was the highlight of the boys week.
In your house, how do you encourage your kids to forge their own paths in life?