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Fantastic Plastic

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Fantastic Plastic

In this activity, learners investigate the properties of plastic bags. Learners find out what happens when they slowly push a pencil through a plastic bag filled with water. Use this fun activity to introduce the properties of plastics.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Zip-closing plastic bags
  • Pencils
  • Water
  • Paper towels


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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