St. Patrick Unit Study
Lesson 2
Day 2
Today, you are encouraged to have a green day! To make this fun and educational, we'll
do some activities surrounding the color of green. Here are some ideas:
1. Flip through old magazines and cut out pictures to make a green collage. This can be
done as individual pictures on standard printer paper or as a group poster on large poster
board.
2. Take a walk, gathering and naming as many things in nature that are green that you can
find. Also, you can collect green leaves, ferns and grasses to press and label for your
nature notebooks (start one if you don’t have one). Or find a quite spot outside and draw
a scene highlighting the things which are green, using several shades of green if you have
them (crayons, pastels, colored pencils, etc.).
3. If you have young children, read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and then make
this meal using some food coloring to dye your eggs green. If your children are older,
plan a green meal, which includes lots of veggies and other foods which are green.
Brainstorm with each other for ideas. Perhaps this is a good day to try pistachio pudding!
4. Experiment with color. Pour water into a clear glass. Let your students add drops of
blue and yellow food coloring to create various shades of green. Record the number of
drops to make the colors. Add some white daisies to your green water mix and watch
what happens!
5. Make green flubber! Here’s the recipe:
Flubber is a polymer made by a chemical reaction. Polymers are very long chains of
repeating units. When the two solutions are combined, polyvinyl acetate chains (a
polymer from the white glue) are linked together in a 3-dimensional arrangement by
borate ions (from the Borax) and other chemical bonds. This produces the thick, sticky
polymer called Flubber.
How to Make Flubber:
Collect Your Ingredients
3 cups Warm Water
2 cups Elmer’s White Glue
20 Mule Team Borax, available in the grocery store laundry section.
Food Coloring and Glitter (optional)

The Steps
Step 1: In a large container combine and mix:
1 ½ cups very warm water
2 cups Elmers white glue
A few drops of food coloring and/or glitter if using clear glue
This combination must be completely mixed
Step 2: In a small container combine and mix:
1 1/3 cups very warm water
2 level tsp 20 Mule Team Borax. Adults, please do this step*.
The Borax must be completely dissolved.
Step 3: Combine the glue and borax mixtures:
Mix well using your hands until all the liquid is absorbed. You may need to
squish, mix, and break up the flubber to get it fully combined. Store the flubber in
a plastic, air-tight container at room temperature. For best results, measure
precisely and mix well as noted above.
If kept in an airtight container, the Flubber will keep for up to 2 weeks.
This recipe makes enough Flubber for six children.
Notes About Safety
*Adults, please keep the box of powdered borax out of the reach of children.
Vinegar dissolves Flubber from carpet, hair, furniture, clothes, and pets.
*We always recommend that you provide parental assistance when using the Internet.
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