Making Summer Learning Fun: Superhero Catapults and Slime

I had planned to take a break from homeschooling during the summer, but my little guy loves the activities we do much that he kept asking, “Are we doing school today mommy?” So I decided to incorporate more fun, play-based activities into the mix this summer, with less focus on sitting down and doing worksheets.

Make Learning Fun: Superhero Catapult and Slime

Our first activity revolved around superheroes, of course!  I printed out some pages from 1+1+1=1’s Batman preschool pack, and also created a few worksheets on my own.  My little guy loves letter tiles, so I included some Batman see and spell sheets into the mix, as well as some Batman math problems.
Make Learning Fun: Superhero Catapult and Slime

Then we got to the fun stuff! Before our lesson that day, I mixed up some Borax-free slime, thanks to this recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose:

Make Learning Fun: Superhero Catapult and SlimeKool-Aid Slime Recipe

1 tbsp of Metemucil with psyllium

1 cup water

1 packet any flavor Kool-aid, for color and smell

In a large bowl, mix the Metemucil, water and Kool-Aid until combined.  Microwave on high for about two minutes or until the mixture begins bubbling.  Mix again and return to the microwave for another two minutes.  Mix one more time, then allow the slime to completely cool before playing with it.  The mixture will thicken as it cools.

Make Learning Fun: Superhero Catapult and Slime

We also created popsicle stick catapults, thanks to these great instructions from Little Bins for Little Hands.  We experimented with the catapults and aiming, the shot his superhero and villain toys into the slime bowl.  He was apprehensive about the slime at first, but quickly started digging in and getting messy.  This activity was a huge hit!

Make Learning Fun: Superhero Catapult and Slime

Here are a few other superhero-related educational play ideas I came across but didn’t have time for:

Batman Escape from Ice Mountain from Crafts on Sea

What Do We Do All Day has compiled a great list of Superhero-related science experiments

Hands on as We Grow’s Sticky Spider Web

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