An adult should work with the children when
they are heating the water. Always use a good pot holder when working
with hot items.
Questions to Ask
How do you know that something is a liquid? a solid?
What happens when you combine a liquid and a solid? Try mixing various
solids with water. You might want to try salt, rice, or paper. Ask
children for their suggestions. Are all the reactions the same?
You might want to make a chart depicting each exploration.
Tips for Less Mess: Cover the work surface with newspaper, and
keep paper towels and a garbage bag handy.
When the hot water and powdered gelatin are mixed together and then
cooled, a gel forms. The gel is thermally reversible, meaning that
it becomes liquid again at a temperature around 95oC.
To create stickers and to explore sticky glue
What You Need 2 Tablespoons very hot water
1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin
What to Do
Have the children choose pictures from magazines or greeting cards.
Ask them to cut them out, or cut out their own drawings from construction
paper. To make the glue, heat the water in a microwave
for about 20 seconds or use the stove. (See Red Flags.)
Add the gelatin and stir. When the liquid water and the solid
gelatin are mixed, a gel forms. Apply this gel to the back of
the pictures using any of the listed utensils. Let the stickers
Gel: A solid that is jelly like. The gelatin particles do not
settle out of the mixture; they remain dispersed.
Liquid: Feels wet, takes on the shape of the container it is in.
Make a rock sculpture using the glue. You might want
to start with very small rocks.
Allow the glue to remain uncovered overnight. What do the children
think will happen? How do they think it will feel? What happens
if it stays out 2 days?
Try refrigerating it. What do they think will happen?
Try the exploration using flavored gelatin. How will it be different
from the unflavored?