Totally Gross The Game Of Science : Board Games For Kidsby Myra Wolfe
Two to four players are given playing pieces, which they move around the perimeter of the board, and a blob of Totally Gross Slime, which they stretch from their starting point (1) to the number ten spot in the center of the board.
Players answer questions (drawn from the Professor cards) or perform "Gross-Outs" (drawn from the Totally Gross cards), depending on what spot they land on around the board. The questions are fun and the answers are interesting, but everyone seems to have the most fun doing the Gross-Outs, which are "kind of like dares" and which give a tidbit of knowledge relating to the dare. One example:
"Do your best imitation of a fly having a meal. When flies land on food, they suck it up with their mouths and then puke it back out so it becomes a liquid. Then they slurp up this puke stew. Eeeuw!"
A lot of the Gross-Outs are indeed very gross, but many of them are just interesting or funny. All of them are dandy ice-breakers, like the one that tells players to "Stand up, turn around, and squeeze your butt cheeks. Pretend they're talking to the group. What would they say?" Believe it or not, there's something to be learned from this exercise!
If players answer their question correctly or attempt to perform their gross-out, they are allowed to advance their slime. Once their slime lands on number ten, it's time for a lab experiment, drawn from a third stack of cards. Some of the experiments are a bit involved, like the volcano-making one that uses baking soda, water and vinegar. (The directions say that if the experiment requires equipment players don't have nearby, a new card can be drawn.) Some are pretty easy: "Show everyone you're not ticklish by tickling yourself without even cracking a smile. What part of your body is preventing you from laughing: Your brain, your fingers or your heart?"
The first player to correctly complete a lab experiment wins the game.
The manufacturers recommend players ages 8 and up. I played with a six-year-old who held her own, but she needed help reading some of the tougher words, like "melanin", "puberty", and "surface tension". She does absolutely love the game, despite being a confirmed "girly-girl" who doesn't ordinarily gravitate toward grossness.