Have you eaten a worm or slug lately? Most chemistry experiments you DO NOT eat, but this one you can if you follow our instructions with the supervision of an adult.
Learn the science of polymers while creating some wiggly worms to eat that can be dangled from your fingers and disappear down your digestive tract.
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This FUN experiment examines the formation of polymers. Specifically, cross-linked polymers. At a basic level think of it like the following;
Monomers are the basic building blocks of polymers. Just like a beaded necklace, the individual beads are like the monomers and when they are joined together in a necklace, a polymer is formed.
In this experiment, the calcium solution links the polyacrylate together to form a gel. The gel forms on the outside and leaves a liquid centre in the worm. A little like soft filled lollies.