Halloween is over and it’s time to put away the polymer body parts, but first, let’s compare what they look like at the end of October with what they looked like at the beginning of October.
Watching a polymer grow is always fun; with some polymers, the transformation is instant, and with others, the change takes a little more time, but never very much time. With the dismembered body parts, watching the transformation is like watching the hour hand on a clock; it never seems to move while you’re looking at it, but when you look away and then look again, there’s been movement.
Now Halloween is over and the body parts are drying out. They didn’t grow in a day and they won’t shrink back in a day, but once they seem dry, I’ll put them back into their jar and put the jar back in the laundry room until NEXT October.
One more time, look really closely at how big they got.
Until next October then, dismembered body parts. (Polymers last pretty much forever, you know.)
Jane Goodwin is a professor of expository writing at Ivy Tech Community College, a hands-on science teacher for College for Kids, a professional speaker and writer, and a social media liaison for Steve Spangler Science. She wanted to be a ballerina and an astronaut, but gravity got the better of her.