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Water Jelly Crystals Give Lesson in Transformation and Potential

water jelly crystals, potential Sometimes, our students need a little reminder that if they just wait, if they just have a little patience, wonderful things can happen. Many students don’t understand this concept unless they see a tangible example of it, and Steve Spangler’s Water Jelly Crystals are the perfect way to show them.

There is science in every subject area, and this simple experiment demonstrates to any history, English, math, health, home ec, shop, computer, yes, and science, student the very simple concept of amazing transformation, the blossoming of potential, with the addition of just one thing.

At the beginning of class, I show the students the tiny, unimpressive-looking little beads that resemble the rock salt used in winter or with homemade ice cream. What could possibly come of adding just one more thing to these hard, unattractive things?

So I put them in a clear glass bowl and add one ingredient – water. Just water.  I send a student to fill the pitcher so they’ll know it’s no trick – it really is just water.  I ask the students to let us all know if they see anything change.

Class begins as usual.

It only takes about 20 minutes for someone to stand up and say something, and that something is usually, “WOW! Look at it! Look at it, you guys!”

Because with the addition of just one simple thing, a few mundane pieces (of what looks like nothing much) have become a treasure trove of glittering jewels.

This is what education does, you see. Add one simple thing to one other simple thing and the end result is something unutterably beautiful.

It’s also a lesson in polymers, but on this particular day, it’s the transformation from blah to pirate booty that is emphasized.

It’s so simple. It’s so beautiful. And it’s a lesson that is easily understood and remembered.

I bring baggies so the students can help themselves to a handful of “gems” to take home and nourish. With education, we need to keep feeding our knowledge – that’s how things grow.

I have students who are still nurturing 6-year-old water jelly crystals on their windowsills. This makes me really, really happy.

Sick Science! Apparel Now Available – Show Off Your Passion for Science

Our Sick Science! Experiments are a global phenomena and are seen from southern California McDonald’s and to Saudi Arabia.

They are the brainchild of our amazing video team and originate on our Sick Science! YouTube channel. The videos demonstrate simple science experiments you can do at home with minimal materials.

Sick Science! Apparel Now Available for Teachers, Parents, Students and Science Fanatics

We have t-shirts, mugs, hats, stickers and even an apron with the Sick Science! logo. Perfect for teacher gifts, science fanatics, or anyone who loves Sick Science. Visit our store on CafePress >

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Christmas Science Craft – Insta-Snow Globe Jar

Are you looking for a quick, easy and unique decoration to brighten up your home or give as a gift?

Make a festive Insta-Snow Globe jar.

Insta-Snow Globe Holiday Decoration | Steve Spangler Science

Materials

  • 4-5 scoops of Insta-Snow powder (depending on the size of your jar)
  • Jar with a lid (a wider, shorter one works best)
  • Miniature decorations
  • Candle or flameless candle (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Water

Insta-Snow Globe Holiday Decoration | Steve Spangler Science

Activity

1. Scoop Insta-Snow powder into a clean jar.

Insta-Snow Globe Holiday Decoration | Steve Spangler Science

2. Add water until Insta-Snow is fluffy but not over-saturated and gelatin-like.

3. Fluff and mix the snow with your hand to mix water and powder completely.

Insta-Snow Globe Holiday Decoration | Steve Spangler Science

4. Decorate by adding miniature trees, people and other holiday decorations.

5. Glue ribbon around lid and place on top of jar.

We used a tiny Santa, tree and snowman from a Christmas village set. Get creative – make people out of baked clay, foam stickers, Legos, Pom Pom people or branches and pine cones from your backyard.

Closing the lid on the jar keeps the snow fresh and wet. You won’t need to re-hydrate it. If you decide to leave the lid off the top, you will want to spritz the Insta-Snow with water every few days to keep it moist.

One more thing, because the Insta-Snow is wet and will keep the jar humid, if you decide to use a flameless candle do not leave it in the jar. Remove it when it’s not in use or the batteries and switch may rust.

We found this originally on All for the Boys and their post Interactive Snowscape. They use sugar for the snow, but we swapped the sugar for our Insta-Snow. Thanks for the great idea!

Product Spotlight – Kinetic Sand

We have a lot of cool stuff cross our desks at the Spangler Labs. Occasionally there’s one that really stands out, even amongst all of the awesome stuff found in our store.

We were all excited when Kinetic Sand joined our catalog late this summer.

Kinetic Sand - Moving, Moldable Sand creates a hands-on science experience for all ages | Steve Spangler Science

Kinetic Sand looks like plain old sand, but this is not the sand you find on the beach. It flows and moves by itself, yet it can also be molded and decorated. (And no, it’s not wet.)

Kids (and adults) won’t be able to stop playing with this sand.

Everyone in our front office has a bowl of sand on their desks for those fidgety or stressful times. They’ve built sand balls, ice cream cones and even created the likeness of each other with the Kinetic Sand.

Kinetic Sand - Moving, Moldable Sand creates a hands-on science experience for all ages | Steve Spangler Science

It is made of 98% real sand and the secret lies in the remaining 2% with a special, non-toxic polymer. Kinetic Sand won’t dry out, won’t leave residue on hands and is easy to clean up.

While Kinetic Sand might appear to be just a fun material, this moving sand is actually designed to aid young developing minds. The unique properties of Kinetic Sand help develop fine motor skills, enable sensory development, and assist in cognitive development. It’s also a great tool to use alongside other materials for sensory therapy and special needs kids.

Kinetic Sand - Moving, Moldable Sand creates a hands-on science experience for all ages | Steve Spangler Science

Kinetic Sand has earned its place on our Top 12 Gifts this holiday season. Check out the other 11 remaining products that made the cut (and it wasn’t easy choosing only 12).

 

Save 30% Sitewide With Cyber Monday Savings

This sale is over, but keep watching for additional sales and deals this holiday season. 

The Thanksgiving weekend is over. The turkey is gone. Black Friday sales are but a memory…

That means today is Cyber Monday and we are celebrating by having our biggest sale ever. Today only take 30% off everything on our site. That includes Geyser Cars, Microscopes, Science Kits, Insta-Snow, Robots and so much more.

Steve Spangler Science super sales this week only. Our biggest sale ever!

 

If you need some ideas, check out our Top 12 Gifts to put under the tree. You won’t go wrong with these fantastic educational toys.

Skip the battery operated toys, the dolls, the cars and give the gift of science this year.

Don’t worry if you miss our sale today…we will continue celebrating by offering a few leftovers.

Tuesday – take 20% off the entire site.
Wednesday – take 10% off the entire site.