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Easy Outdoor Science Experiments For Kids


Raincoats for Cotton Balls

Raincoats for cotton balls shows you the best way to stay dry when it rains. This clever experiment will show you which type of clothes will serve you best if you're caught outside during a rainstorm.

Will you get soaked to the skin -- or stay as dry as a bone? Let a cotton ball be your guide.

What You'll Need:

  • Cotton balls
  • Scraps of five different fabrics
  • Stapler
  • Piece of wood
  • Staple remover

How to Make Raincoats for Cotton Balls:

Step 1: Take five cotton balls and five scraps of different types of fabric. Make sure each fabric scrap is large enough to cover a cotton ball.

Step 2: The next time it looks like rain, put the cotton balls on the piece of wood and cover each one with a different scrap of fabric.

Step 3: Staple the fabric to the wood so the wind doesn't disrupt your experiment.

Step 4: Leave the cotton balls out in the rain for about five minutes.

Step 5: Bring them inside, and using a staple remover, peel back the fabric from each cotton ball, one at a time.

Which cotton ball stayed the driest? Which balls are completely soaked? What you find will help you decide which kind of coat to use when it rains.

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