We had an 8th birthday in the house recently and the birthday boy decided on a Science Birthday Party. This post contains affiliate links.
I looked into the cost of having it organised by a couple of different companies or even buying a science birthday kit but the price really put me off and so I decided I would have a go myself. Eek!
I’ve separated it into sections to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Science Birthday Party Activities
I’m starting with science birthday party activities as honestly, this is the area that terrified me most about hosting a party.
There really wasn’t any need though, the kids all loved the activities we did together and there’s loads to choose from with plenty of documentation online so you can always find something to do that suits your party needs.
I got heaps of my ideas from the book below, something I bought when we were home educating my daughter, a book which I would also recommend just to have on your shelf as it has so many fabulous ideas in and my children love it.
When the children came in, they were asked to make a guess on the treasure map, I had used an idea from the book above and drawn a treasure map on thin white card in pencil, tearing the paper around the edges and ‘ageing’ it with cold tea.
When it was dry, I painted an X in a mix of bicarbonate of soda and water and left it to dry. (You can buy bicarb here but it’s cheaper in the supermarket).
Then near the end of the party, I put the map in a warm oven for a few minutes and the X was revealed, the kids couldn’t believe it! The winner with the closest guess got a pot of slime as a prize.
We had a ‘Spy Table’ with a bowl of lemon juice, some plain white paper and paintbrushes. The children could write their secret messages and then reveal them at home by ironing their pictures until the lemon juice turns brown.
After the food, I swapped the table to STEM building and put out cocktail sticks and mini marshmallows, made a structure myself as an invitation to play and watched the children flock to the table to create the most incredible structures.
I also did a few demonstrations, I was actually surprised at how engaged the children were with these.
Food Dye Reactions
Adding food dye to milk was first. I originally found this experiment on Kids Activities Blog.
You pour milk into a large glass dish, I used something similar to this, then a few drops of different coloured food colouring and give the children a cotton bud each dipped in washing up liquid.
When they put it in the milk, the dye jumps away. This wasn’t the most successful of the experiments as I think you need full-fat milk and we used semi-skimmed but the children still had a lot of fun!
Next up, a circle of skittles around the edge of a plate, add enough water to touch the skittles and watch the colours flow out. (See photo above). We looked at what happened if we gently swirled the plate and talked about which colour was strongest/ran first.
Dip the corner in water and watch the colours run. The children loved making these pretty patterns! It amazed them to see what colours came out of black for example and they did so many trying different colours and stacking up lines.
Science Party Games
We had Science whispers with two lines and a scientific word passed along in a whisper to see which one got there first and most accurately.
Also, ‘Pass The Atom’ where children had to split into teams and begin at the starting line, with a balloon between their knees, racing to the finish line without dropping or bursting their balloon.
As we had a large group we did the race as a relay. The children loved it so much! We used neon balloons like these.
Science Birthday Party Food
All kids birthday parties need food, and this party was no different. I used Pinterest and a number of blogs for inspiration on what scientific treats to make.
Petri Dish Jello
I made Petri Dish ‘Bacteria Samples’. I saw lots of versions of this on Pinterest but made some slight edits.
I bought lidded Petri dishes like these ones and filled them with strawberry jelly, as they were cooling, I dropped skittles in which dissolved to make these white fuzzy circles, I think it would have been even better if I’d waited until the jelly was even cooler and less runny as some dissolved too much.
Then I added sprinkles. Which dissolved! So top tip, wait until just before serving to add them!
Then I used a permanent marker pen and drew a radioactive symbol on the lids. Offering the children ‘radioactive bacteria sample pots’ went down a treat and they were all waving their hands in the air and shouting for them!
Another huge hit was the galaxy brownies. I found the recipe on The Monday Box and fell in love as they only required a small number of basic ingredients and had a short cooking time.
The kids were mesmorised by all the cool colours and textures of each of the brownies, and they must have tasted good too as there were non-left to clean up afterwards.
Another simple bake for the party was these chemestry cookies. The only item I needed to purchase was the cookie cutter, but you could probably just print off a template and cut around it to save money (or if you’re on a short turnaround time).
I followed the recipe from Upstate Ramblings because it was incredibly straight-forward. The whole bake from start to finish took under 20 minutes – what’s not to love!
Science Birthday Party Cake
This is my proudest part of the entire party I think! I used this recipe and fab tutorial I found on The Imagination Tree website and made a couple of small edits. Of course!
I decorated with orange and yellow cake angels fruity cubes that I separated from the rest of the colours, (2 packs but could have used more in hindsight), gold stars and a gold fountain gave the most incredible effect.
Science Birthday Party Bags
This was so they could add the various things they made during the party.
I also made up a big bowl of blue Oobleck. To make this;
simply mix cornflour, water and food colouring until a mixture that is both runny when touched gently and solid when poked hard is formed.
Approx 1 part water to 1.5-2 parts corn flour), and filled these test tubes with it.
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