We had a lot of fun with polymers this week. What a fun way to learn about these chains of molecules! It started by our family watching an episode of Myth Busters on which they were swimming in a syrup polymer. Well, we won’t be swimming in a pool of syrup anytime soon (this mama hopes, anyway), but it did get the rubber ball rolling.
…Psst! It’s a rubber ball because rubber is a polymer. Ahaha, see polymers are fun! And so too is:
A silly string surprise attack:
Silly Putty fun! Thanks to their Grandma Kay:
And we mixed up some corn starch with water (approximately 1 cup cornstarch to 1/4 cup water) which the kids loved putting their hands in. What a strange feeling mixture and a great example of how polymer chains crosslink.