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Snot and Boogers a Preschool Science Lesson

Updated on January 16, 2011

Instead of picking, licking, wiping or eating. Let's explore the science behind Snot and Booger's.

Instead of becoming frustrated about the endless amount of snot your child seems to be creating or the fact they cannot keep their finger out of their nose. We are going to learn a bit more about our bodies, why we make snot and booger's and some fun activities to go along. So, leave the tissue on the table and let explore some preschool science.

Just for Fun

Booger Love by Brod Bagert

I love this little booger,

All shiny green and black.

You can hold it for a minute,

But I want my booger back.

It stays right where I put it,

It sure knows how to stick.

And if it gets too dry...?

It just needs a little lick.

I can hold it on my finger,

I can flick it in the air,

I can stick it underneath a desk,

Or underneath a chair.

I can make a ball and roll it

Just to see which way it goes,

I love this booger anywhere...

Except inside my nose.

What is a booger? What is snot? Do you know why we have them?

A Book is a Great Learning Tool. - Booger's and other yucky stuff our body does.

What you'll need:

Hot water

A cup

Gelatin - Plain works best

Corn syrup

A teaspoon

A fork

Let's Make some Snot!

Just in case your child does not make enough of their own.


Fill half a cup with hot water or boiling water. Adults only for this step.

Add three teaspoons of gelatin to the water.

Let it soften before stirring with a fork.

Add a quarter of a cup of corn syrup.

Stir the mixture again with your fork and let the mixture sit to cool look at the long strands of gunk that have formed.

As the mixture cools slowly add more water, small amounts at a time until you get texture or consistency desired.

How to Make Snot

This is not Beakman's World but it is entertaining and gives good instructions on making snot and why our bodies make snot.

Another Snot Recipe

This recipe found at


Place 1/8 cup of borax laundry booster into a 1/2 liter of warm water. Shake until most of the borax dissolves

Let cool


Place 2 spoonfuls of Elmer's glue into a cup

Add 3 spoonfuls of water. Stir

Add 2 drops of green food coloring. Stir

Pour into a baggie

Measure 1 spoonful of borax solution

Dump into baggie

Squish the baggie to mix

Remove your snot

or if you are not brave enough to let your kids play with it outside the bags, it is a great squishy activity inside the bag also.

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Snot your normal guestbook. - Please leave your thoughts, ideas and other activities you would like to share.

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      5 years ago

      this is too cute! I've got to do a project for a rotation on Oct. 31 and this should work out just fine. I'll have to try it before with my nephew and nieces!

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      7 years ago

      We made fake snot for homeschool co-op, and discussed how mucus helps filter the air we breath. The kids loved using their "snot" to pick up cookie crumb "dirt" and create a booger.


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