When I still worked at the library, I held an annual Mad Scientists' Lab during the Halloween season. It was my solution to holding a program that was educational and didn't scare away those families who didn't celebrate the holiday. The event involved science experiments and showcased an alien or monster autopsy. I guess ten or eleven of these parties occurred before I left, and I hate to admit I miss those late nights leading up to the event in which I would spend creating some cool lab themed craft or snack.
The Mad Scientist Handbook - Joey Green
Hey, Einstein! You don't have to be a genius to entertain and educate kids at the same time. Just give 'em The Mad Scientist Handbook--the greatest collection of creepy crafts, insane inventions, and freaky experiments ever devised. Packed with easy-to-understand instructions and simple illustrations. Plus, they'll learn lots of weird facts along the way, like how every experiment in this book works and who figured it out first. It's the perfect handbook for every budding mad scientist.
Magic Science: 50 Jaw-Dropping, Mind-Boggling, Head-Scratching Activities for Kids - Jim Wiese
Is it magic? No, it's science! There's a lot more to magic than just waving a wand. From chemistry to biology, gravity to electricity, discover the amazing magical powers of science with these fun-filled, easy-to-perform activities. You won't need any special materials to become a science magician --just everyday things found around the house.
Magic Mud: And Other Great Experiments. The Best of Dr. Zed's Brilliant Science Activities - Gordon Penrose and Tina Holdcroft
The irrepressible Dr. Zed of OWL and Chickadee Magazine and OWL/TV (Showtime) leads children through 21 activities that they can do at home using safe and easily obtainable materials. Spanning the range of physics, chemistry and biology with special flair, these experiments will delight, inform and foster further exploration.