Just add water and watch these little clear and colored beads grow into giant jelly marbles. Before soaking, sort the different colors and ask yourself science questions like "How are these alike, and how are they different?" Do you think the different colors will grow to different sizes? Try it and see! Afterward, you can have lots of fun playing with your experiments. Find a water-safe surface and play the slimiest game of marbles in town, or try out your new jelly bouncy ball. You can even try to grow your amazing spheres in different liquids, like milk, vegetable oil, or salt water. Use a notebook and record your hypotheses and observations!
With this kit you will:
- Sort, hypothesize, and test, just like a real scientist.
- Add water and watch your beads grow into giant jelly marbles that BOUNCE.
- Learn about the amazing superabsorbent polymer.
- Use physics magic to make the clear spheres disappear and reappear.
Science Principles explored in this activity: chemistry, applied chemistry, physics
NOTE TO PARENTS:
This is a great kit for teaching science principles and skills to young scientists. The fun, colorful experiments capture the attention of the youngest science explorers, and children gain confidence, observational skills and the ability to follow-through with tasks as they set up experiments, wait for them to be completed, and record their experience by writing or drawing.
You can easily incorporate the scientific method to principles learned by experimenting with your Clear Spheres. Be sure to act as a learning facilitator: encourage questions, and don't have all of the answers. Instead say things like, "I'm not sure what will happen - ;let's try it and see!" Amazing spheres are safe to poke, prod, pinch, or squeeze through your fingers.
As a possible choking hazard, keep them away from pets and babies. Experiment components can be disposed of in the garbage either dry or hydrated (just don't push them down the drain or they'll wreak hydrated havoc on your pipes.) Be sure to set up your young scientist's laboratory in a place that won't be threatened by a little (inevitable) spilled water - ;after all, the mess is half the fun! The other half is the incredible science smarts, so have fun exploring.
Included in this kit:
- Giant test tube
- Clear spheres
- Garbled Marbles
Ages 8 and up