Grab your white lab coats and meet us in the Paging Supermom Pop-Up Mad Laboratory — something sinister and fun awaits!
Kids of all ages will get a thrill trying to identify chilling specimens in this fun, Halloween game. For any of you school homeroom moms, this activty would make a great idea for a Halloween class party. It is surprisingly easy to construct your own Mad Lab at home using our free printables. It all begins with our Mad Laboratory Backdrop. Download, print and tape into place to set the scene. We added inexpensive test tubes filled with a mysterious, green solution (neon food coloring + water) to bring the lab to life.
Use recycled jars, spray-painted black to cloak the specimens. Download and print the Mad Lab Specimen Labels and affix to jars.
TO PLAY: Fill painted jars with items recommended above, or use your imagination to substitute as needed. Have your little Mad Scientists take turns reaching in to feel each jar’s contents, trying to determine what each specimen really is. Have them record their findings on the Mad Lab Experiment Forms.
Younger children may not be able to identify the specimens by touch, but they will still enjoy experiencing them and can describe them with words like “slimey” or “squishy” etc. The labels and jars can also be used to hold spooky treats on a Halloween Party food table.
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About the author
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares what she's dreamed up for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and simple ideas for holidays. She is a single mom of three girls and one boy. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local television. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Bettijo lives with her four kiddos in Phoenix, Arizona.