Kids are going to go nuts about this easy, colorful polymer chemistry science experiment.
What is a Polymer?
The word polymer means a long chain of molecules. In this experiment many molecules were combined into one – the super absorbent polymer sodium polyacrylate Insta-Snow.
Examples of natural polymers include silk, rubber, cellulose, wool, amber, keratin, collagen, starch, DNA, and shellac.
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love this simple, easy science experiment for kids that helps children understand what a polymer is. Plus it is super pretty with a great WOW factor that will impress toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergartners, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders alike!
Start off your science experiment by putting 1/2 cup warm water in each of 8 clear cups. Now add drops of food coloring to make colored water: yellow, orange, red, pink, light green, green, blue, purple.
Polymer Science Experiment
Add two scoops Insta-Snow to each cup of colored water. (this is super cheap to buy!)
In a matter of seconds you will see this happen. It will grow and grow and grow as the water is absorbed it will make the polymer “grow”
If you leave your water white – it will turn into beautiful instant snow. If you put it in the fridge for a while it will even feel like snow!
Polymer Science Experiments
How beautiful is this polymer experiments chemistry for preschool, prek, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, and grade students? It is so quick and easy you have no excuse but to add science for kids to your school day!
But wait, KEEP READING! There is a really cool extension activities you should try. This is such a fun, easy science experiment for kids.
Polymer Experiments for Kids
Have kids add more water and see the instant snow fluff up more and more! They will be me amazed at how much bigger the snow gets.
Plus kids will have a blast touching and playing with the fluffy texture!
Polymer Experiments at Home
Next, try adding several teaspoons of salt to your colorful polymer cups and watch as almost instantly it turns back into a liquid with the sodium polyacrylate just floating around. This is such a fun chemistry science experiment for kids of all ages.
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