Our house is counting down the days until the second season of the instantly popular Stranger Things begins.
The first season features eight episodes, set in 1983 in the town of Hawkins, Indiana where odd occurrences seemed to be becoming the norm.
12-year-old Will disappears and his return looks bleak. Will’s three pals, and a quiet girl named Eleven, seek to find him.
Dustin, one of the boys, notices his compass is acting wonky, with the needle no longer pointing true north. The other boys experiment with their compasses and none actually point north.
They conclude that in order for this to be happening to their compasses, there has to be a magnetic field causing an interference! They conclude it is the government laboratory doing experiments to contact other dimensions. The boys follow their compasses’ new trajectories to find their friend.
Sure, it’s science fiction and artistic liberties are certainly taken, but there is a precedent for magnetic fields disrupting a compass’ perception of magnetic north.
We created Magnetic Slime to create a fun Stranger Things themed slime. It uses iron oxide. With a rare earth magnet (neodymium magnets) the slime becomes active!
It’s easy to make and so much fun to play with using the magnet.
Here’s how to make your own Stranger Things Theme Magnetic Slime:
Magnetic Slime Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup White School Glue
- 1/4 cup Liquid Starch
- 2 Tbsp. Iron Oxide Powder
- Neodymium Magnets (ordinary magnets won’t have much of an effect.)
Magnetic Slime Instructions:
You want to avoid the iron oxide from clumping, so you’ll want to mix the iron oxide with liquid starch first.
Add the glue.
Play with this slime as you would traditional slime, or use the magnets for even more fun.
Note: Wrap the magnet with saran wrap or packing tape to keep the iron oxide from leaving the slime and sticking to the magnet.