Spider balls DIY experiment

Spider Balls

Spider Balls, Spider Balls

A science experiment for all of ya’ll!

It’s so much fun, For everyone

Grab a pack,Start watchin’ ‘em!

Alright, enough enough already!  Yes, you’re probably wondering, what’s wrong with Mister C!?!  I’m wondering that too.  :)

I did get the chance to purchase Spider Balls from Hobby Lobby recently (be sure to use the 40% coupon that can be found on their website most weeks) and decided to make a video to show how these orbs are fun to watch and observe as they grow and absorb the water.  I’ve included the Spider Balls video below, but it doesn’t do these little orbs justice.  They were awesome and so fun to use!

To get started you’ll need:

  1. Pack of Spider Balls
  2. Water
  3. A large bowl

We started the experiment one Sunday morning thinking these little guys would POOF up and absorb water fairly quickly.  Well, my hypothesis wasn’t correct at all.  It took a little bit longer than I had expected, but it was well worth the wait.  So, if you plan to do this at home, give yourself some time.  It will be well worth it.

During the process,  you’ll see the green slimy stuff dissolve in the water as the spider balls begin to expand.  I ended up filling the tub a few times with clean water for recording purposes only.  There’s probably really no need to do that at home.   Then, a few hours later, I was bouncing these things all over the place. Literally!  On the table, the ground, off the wall.  Looks of good science fun!   Be careful if you have animals or siblings in your house since you probably don’t want them to be eaten by anything or anyone.

  • I wonder if using something other than tap water would have an impact on how large the spider balls could actually grow.  When I was a kid, I used to take Haribo gummy bears and place them into carbonated water for days at a time! Those little bears grew, and grew, and grew, until they were ferocious jumbo monster, gummy bears.  I wonder if the Spider Balls would react differently to carbonated water as well?  Hmmmmm….sounds like a possible extension to the activity!
  • I also wonder if the temperature of the water could impact how long it takes for the spider balls to grow.  I used warm water for the activity, but I wonder if temperature has an impact?

Let me know what you think of the video and be sure to comment or subscribe to my channel.  More fun science videos on the way soon!

 

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