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Larry's Lab - Polymer Science Kit

Larry's Lab - Polymer Science Kit

Explore the molecule-twisting, mind-bending chemistry behind polymers with our favorite collection of water-absorbing powders, crystals and spheres. We can't imagine a better kit to supply you with all of our erupting, growing polymers in one pail.
Water Jelly Crystals

Water Jelly Crystals

These amazing pebble-sized polymer crystals grow into huge pieces of gel-like material when you add water. Explore the science of superabsorbent polymers.
Insta-Snow Powder

Insta-Snow Powder

Insta-Snow® powder is the original fake snow polymer that turns ordinary water into a white fluffy substance that looks like real snow in seconds.
Magic Sand

Magic Sand

Even when the colored sand gets wet, it remains dry. The secret is a special hydrophobic coating that keeps the sand dry.

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Putting Water Jelly Crytals to the Test

Over the years we've sold tons... literally... of Water Jelly Crystals to customers around the world eager to take advantage of the crystals' water-saving properties in their gardens.  So, it only made sense that when we took on our own landscaping project that we put these superabsorbing polymers to the test. When the big day came, you could here me reminding our [...]

Water Jelly Crystals – Superabsorbent Polymers

There's always a buzz this time of year about ways to conserve water as we head into the hot and dry summer months (but remember that there's no such thing as global warning!) Aside from reducing the amount of water we use, the water-wise are turning to water-absorbing polymers as a way to reduce watering times by 50 to 80%. These [...]

Larry’s Lab Polymer Science Kit – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We have reached Day #6, our halfway point in our 12 Days of Wonder. Today's spotlight science toy is Larry's Lab Polymer Science Kit. Steve Spangler Science is celebrating the 12 Days of Wonder and highlighting our top 12 science toys and kits that are perfect to put under the tree. As blog editor, social media coordinator and [...]

Cleaning Up After an Oil Spill

With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico growing everyday, people around the country are trying to find ways to clean it up. Just imagine if the solution to the spill was this simple: sprinkle a small amount of a non-toxic powder onto the layer of oil and in seconds the powder bonds to the oil, forming a sponge-like material [...]

4-H Hydrogel Experiment Travels Cross-Country

While I've been winding down from my media tour as the 4-H National Experiment Spokesperson, kids across the country have been exploring the powerful water-absorbing qualities of these amazing hydrogels.  From Georgia to Hawaii, I've read articles about kids tearing open those baby diapers, shaking out the polymers and digging their hands into science.  4-H coordinators across the country helped get [...]

4-H and Steve Spangler Science Team Up for National Youth Science Day

I'm excited to announce my partnership with the National 4-H Council to serve as their national spokesperson for the first-ever National Science Experiment. When I first spoke with the people at 4-H, I must admit that I was not aware of their dedication for teaching science, technology and engineering as part of their Youth Development Program. Their efforts to give youth [...]

Most Commonly Asked Insta Snow Questions

The last time I did the weather report on 9News, the switchboard lit up with confused viewers. I neglected to mention that the snow was faux snow... created by mixing water with Insta Snow. The request to do the Insta Snow demonstration came from a viewer who wanted to cover her lawn in fake snow. Is it possible? Sure... anything is [...]