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Steve Spangler Science® Water Gel™ Starter Set

Steve Spangler Science®
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Ages 4+ / Grades PreK+
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Make Water Disappear Like a Magician!

Amaze your friends while learning about hydrogels.
As seen on the Ellen DeGeneres show, and also known as slush powder, Water Gel turns from a powder to a gel in just seconds. Sodium polyacrylate absorbs from 500-800 times its weight in water and is actually the secret ingredient that’s used to absorb “liquid” in baby diapers! An Activity Guide with lots of fun, hands-on polymer science tricks to play on your friends is also included. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

How does it work?
When you add water to this superabsorbent polymer, it instantly turns from a liquid to a slushy solid.

What does it teach?
Water Gel is the perfect way to demonstrate how polymers work. The gel is a superabsorbent polymer that can help illustrate how farmers can save their crops in times of drought and what kind of material is in a baby diaper!

Super Absorbent Polymer Powder
Water Gel soaks up to 500 - 800 times its weight in water in seconds! It uses sodium polyacrylate – the secret ingredient used to absorb “liquid” in diapers!

Science Fair Connection
Turn Water Gel into a fun science fair project by simply identifying a variable (something that might change the outcome) in the experiment, then testing that variable, and correctly reporting the results.

Instruction Cards Included with 4 Experiments
The Amazing Disappearing Act
The Polymer Pencil Poke
Where’s the Water?
Maximum Capacity Challenge

What’s Included?
Water Gel polymer 2.6 oz (75 g)
Plastic Tank
Instruction Cards
Recommended ages 6+.
Adult supervision required. Do not ingest.

  • Make water disappear like a magician
  • This superabsorbent polymer powder soaks up 500-800 times its weight in water
  • Turns from a powder to gel in just seconds
  • Discover the secret powder used in diapers!


Brand Name
Steve Spangler Science®
Age / Grade
Ages 4+ / Grades PreK+
Assembly Required
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