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Shape-Shifting Slime

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    Science Museum (London)

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Shape-Shifting Slime

In this activity, learners take a boring polystyrene cup and turn it into something a little more interesting! Learners dissolve a polystyrene cup and remold the material into something new like jewelry, key chains, or figurines. Use this activity to explore the properties of everyday materials and observe how these properties can change.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • Polystyrene cup (or plate)
  • 2 glass beakers
  • 150-200 ml of acetone
  • Water
  • Spatula or stirrer
  • Goggles


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Changes of Phase
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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  • Free access



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