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Kids love a party. Kids love science experiments. Kids love fun food! That makes a Mad Scientist Convention a great way to add to your summer reading fun.

Host Your Own Mad Scientist Convention

We held our “convention” with about four families right on my back porch. The premise was simple — everyone needed to bring their favorite science experiment to share that they found in a book. If they could, they were supposed to bring the book as well. We played, ate, and then the kids each got up to demonstrate their experiment for the group.

science party slush experiment

We had some flops, some fun ones, and some that really surprised and awed. Here are a few ideas to get your started with your own mad scientist convention.

Science Party Food

Food for this one was lots of fun. We ate:

  • Layers of the earth pizza
  • A skeleton veggie tray
  • Build your own molecules with grapes and mini-marshmallows
  • Double helix pasta salad
  • Periodic table cupcakes (for some reason no one wanted to eat arsenic?)

science party periodic cupcakes

science party pizza

science party food

Decorations were a breeze since we just raided our science tools stash to get the decor. We had a small rock display, a vase for flowers made from a test tube rack, a bowl of organs, and one guest who stayed way too long.

science party guest

It was really easy to use a black marker and create beakers from clear plastic drinking glasses. Jessica also whipped us up some convention name tags on her computer.

science party decor

Science Experiment Books

Some of our favorite science experiment books:

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Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.
Pam Barnhill