- Acetone (around 1 cup)
- Wide shallow container
- Plastic baggie
- Safety glasses
- rubber gloves
- Wax paper
- Covering, if using plastic table
What’s more fun than using chemicals to destroy stuff? Using chemicals to destroy stuff AND make something cool!
Acetone is great at breaking down polymers, those long chains of atoms that make up plastics. It’s used as the active ingredient in nail polish remover for that very reason! More concentrated acetone, which is sold in hardware stores and used as a cleaner and paint thinner, can dissolve Styrofoam (polystyrene foam) quite quickly. We can use this fact to make some cool decorations.
Acetone isn't good for your skin (it can dry it out) and would be really bad to get in your eyes, so the first things you'll need (besides adult supervision) are gloves and safety glasses.