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April Fool’s Day:  Making Musical Goo

Noisy Slime

April 1st is one of my favorite days of the year. Why? Because it’s April Fool’s Day!

April Fool’s Day is a time to get creative and play fun pranks on friends, teachers, siblings and parents.  There’s also the anticipation of the prank’s success, and the thrill of wondering if someone is going to play a prank on you. The most important thing to remember about this silly holiday is to keep a good attitude. Sportsmanship is key. Make sure your pranks are not designed to hurt anyone physically or emotionally. Also, don’t get angry if someone puts a whoopee cushion on your seat. It’s funny… so laugh along.

In the following poem, kids play all kinds of April Fool’s Day pranks on their teacher… only to discover that their shenanigans land them in a not-so-funny situation!

April Fool’s Day

Mackenzie put a whoopie cushion
on the teacher’s chair.
Makayla told the teacher
that a bug was in her hair.

Alyssa brought an apple
with a purple gummy worm
and gave it to the teacher
just to see if she would squirm.

Elijah left a piece of plastic
dog doo on the floor,
and Vincent put some plastic vomit
in the teacher’s drawer.

Amanda put a goldfish
in the teacher’s drinking glass.
These April Fool’s Day pranks
are ones that you could use in class.

Before you go and try them, though,
there’s something I should mention:
The teacher wasn’t fooling
when she put us in detention.

–Kenn Nesbitt

This slime project is perfect preparation for April Fool’s Day.  It can look like snot or galactic goo… and the best part is that it is—how shall we say it tactfully?—Musical!

What you’ll need

  • 1 8oz bottle white school glue
  • 1 teaspoon Borax (white powdered cleaner)
  • food coloring
  • water
  • large bowl
  • spoon
  • heavy duty plastic cup
  • zip lock bag (for storing)

Directions

  1. Slime RecipePour the school glue into the large mixing bowl. 
  2. Refill the empty bottle with warm water, put the top on, and shake.
  3. Pour the water from the glue bottle into the mixing bowl with the glue.
  4. Add a few drops of food coloring.
  5. Mix until mostly smooth.  A few lumps are okay.
  6. In the plastic cup, mix ½ cup water with 1 teaspoon Borax until the Borax is mostly dissolved.
  7. As you stir the glue in the large mixing bowl, slowly pour in the Borax solution.  The glue will become firm and hard to mix very quickly.  When this happens, scoop it up in your hands and squeeze it until all the water is out and you’re left with a squishy ball of slime.
  8. Wipe out the inside of the hard plastic cup.
  9. To make noise:  Lift your goo ball and drop it into the hard plastic cup.  Press down into the goo in with your fist.  Any air pockets will burst, making horribly funny noises!
  10. Store your goo in a zip-top bag.