About a month ago, my husband started reminiscing about a toy he loved from the 80′s (Mad Scientist Monster Lab). The basic premise was that you attach “skin” to a monster and then watch it disintegrate in a acid. Fun, right?! Well, since we couldn’t just run down to our local toy store to pick up a kit (although there was one selling on Ebay for 50 bucks!), we decided to try and make our own. How hard could it be, right?
Famous last words, lemme tell you.
First, it was impossible to find monster skeletons. (Ended up getting these dinosaur ones) Then, finding the perfect container that would fit the dinos but not be so big that you couldn’t see all the fizzing and foam. We looked at practically every plastic container we could find in town. We even tried the local restaurant supply store (which worked out anyway since I found our Easy Interchangable Art Hangers there!) We ended up finding a perfectly sized container in a water beads kit at Toys R Us but thought a Sea Monkey cup would have worked well too. Let me know if you find anything better!
Now, we just had to figure out how to actually make the dissolving dinosaur skin. Luckily, David A. Katz came to the rescue! He’s a science demonstrator out of Tucson that posted a recipe for Monster Flesh. Awesome, right?
Well, as you may have guessed, having the “flesh” work the first time would have been too easy so we had to recreate the project 4 or 5 times before we came up with ratios that perfectly matched my husband’s memory of the Monster Lab. I hate to say it but this project was slowly wearing on my last crafty nerve. Jack, of course, loved every single minute of it!
So, after many tries and few curse words…I present Dissolving Dinosaur Skin! (adapted from David A. Katz’ Monster Flesh)