How to Make Sodium Polyacrylate

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Sodium Polyacrylate Makes Fake Snow
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Most people in search of making sodium polyacrylate are actually looking for a way to make fake snow. Sodium polyacrylate, also known as SPA, is actually a type of polymer that is sometimes used in baby diapers as a way of absorbing moisture. SPA can absorb up to 300 times its mass in water, which is why it's referred to as a "super-slurper." You can use sodium polyacrylate to create fake snow that you can either freeze for later use or display immediately for winter festivities.

Things You'll Need

  • Small chemistry powder scoop
  • Bottle of SPA
  • Erlenmeyer flask
  • Water

Add a small scoop (about a teaspoon) of SPA to the Erlenmeyer flask using the powder scoop.

Add 25 ml of water to the SPA in the flask.

Wait until all of the water is absorbed. This step won't take long.

Turn over the flask in your hand and hold the "snow." It will be cool to the touch

Tips & Warnings

  • When making large portions of fake snow using SPA, use appropriate measurements. If you add too much water, it won't take on a snow-like feel and appearance. Instead, it will turn out cold and slimy.
  • Do not let children make fake snow without adult supervision.

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