We tried a recipe to make fluffy slime. To make it, I drew pictures (because my kids can't quite read much yet) so that they could follow the directions. We discussed whether the slime we made would be a solid or a liquid and talked about how we would know. The kids followed the directions accurately, but in the end, it just became a big gooey mess! As you can see in the photo below, the kids were pretty disappointed, but we were able to talk about why we thought it did not work out, like maybe we didn't use enough of a certain product, maybe the chemical reactions didn't happen like they were supposed to, etc. We then looked up new recipes that had more of solution that they believed would make the slime stick together better.
2/3 cup liquid glue
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups shaving cream
1/4 cup contact solution (the more you use the more solid it becomes)
Books About Trying
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty is one of my FAVORITE books! It is about a little girl who keeps on creating experiments and experiences a lot of failure. She has an aunt who is an amazing role model and encourages her to keep trying and finally she finds success. Teaching kids to be resilient and keep trying is such an important life skill.
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat is about how Humpty is now afraid of heights and can't do his favorite things anymore. He has to learn to face his fears and try again.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is about a little girl who is trying to make the most magnificent thing but she fails over and over again. She decides to quit but her little dog convinces her to try again.