Making Snot!

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It’s that time of year – cold and flu season that is. Travis was recently upset by his stuffed up nose, so we decided to make snot a little less mysterious and miserable, and a little more fun.

To whip up your homemade snot, sprinkle three packets of vegan gelatin substitute (such as Simply Delish) into 1/2 cup warm water.

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Meanwhile, add 1/4 cup light corn syrup to a second bowl.

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Stir the gelatin with a fork to dissolve the lumps, then add to the corn syrup mixture. This should result in a string, snotty mixture, but Travis liked the look of the lumpy gelatin, which he decided was “boogies.” Hey, whatever makes snot seem fun!

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For extra ick factor, add a few drops of green food coloring, then go wild spooning and scooping through your snotty mixture.

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Travis was delighted at first, and soon became a bit of a mad scientist. He wondered what would happen if we added more corn syrup…

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…And then wanted to add more food coloring. As a result, our “snot” was soon pretty much just goop, but we still had fun with it!

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If you like, you can explain to your child that snot is simply a mix of protein, sugar, and water – nothing to be too upset about, when their little noses do inevitably get stuffed up.

Want more flu season fun games? Check out my past posts on how germs spread and blowing your nose!