Science & Lab Themed Decorations & Crafts


For the child who is passionate about science, there are many different decorating projects and crafts that a parent can do with him. These crafts could also be decorations to complement any science-themed birthday party.

Lab Specimen Decorations

  • Every great science laboratory has lab specimens in it---and these simple and fun decorations would make a great addition to any party. A person can buy some gummy frogs, and tack them to a display board as if the gooey creatures were ready to be dissected. Then, the different parts of the frog can be labeled to make it a scientifically-correct decoration. In addition, other plastic animals can be placed in different tanks and containers labeled "specimen." These animals can include snakes, lizards and even mice.

Decorative Test Tubes

  • Decorative test tubes give any laboratory party an authentic feel. They also can add a splash of color to a room. Purchase plastic test tubes in a variety of shapes and sizes and place them in different areas of the room. Make up several containers of different colored water --- such as blue, green or purple --- and place them in the different test tubes. Another option is to make test tube drinks. Make different colored juice mixes and place them in the test tubes.

Invisible Ink

  • One craft for aspiring scientists, and science-themed party, is for children to create their own invisible ink. You can make invisible ink out of several household items, including lemon and water. Mix the two ingredients in a bowl and have the children use cotton swabs to write messages onto paper. Then, they can hold their paper up to a light bulb and reveal their secret message.

Homemade Thermometer

  • Another practical science craft that children will love is making homemade thermometers. Six simple ingredients are needed to create this craft --- an empty plastic bottle, a clear plastic straw, water, rubbing alcohol, food coloring and clay. To create it, fill half the bottle with rubbing alcohol and the other half with water. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix the bottle contents. Place the straw in the bottom and add clay around the bottom of the bottle. Then, the thermometer is ready to use. Children can place it in a variety of temperature situations --- such as outside or inside the house --- to see the liquid rise and fall in the straw.

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