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Wonder how? Wonder why? Wonder Zone is your weekly peek into the minds of Cincinnati Museum Center Program Specialists. Why are Peacock feathers so shiny? How do magnets work? Every week, James, Brian, Megan or another CMC specialist will guide you through a new experiment answering questions like these. See how to perform fun science experiments at home and, more importantly, learn why and how the experiment even works in the first place.
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Wonder Zone Video of the Week
Don’t throw away that leftover Saran Wrap! Get creative!
Clear packing tape
- Pick out one of your favorite stuffed animals.
- Cover your stuffed animal in Saran Wrap, wrapping each part such as legs, tails, and ears individually. Make sure it is entirely covered, so there is no fur sticking out!
- Cover the stuffed animal with clear packing tape. As with the plastic wrap, the animal should be entirely covered, and each part wrapped individually.
- Taking care not to poke your stuffed animal, cut a line into the tape and plastic wrap. It’s a good idea to get an adult to help with this part.
- Pull your stuffed animal out of the tape and plastic wrap.
- If you want, fill the plastic wrap and tape copy of your stuffed animal with paper or stuffing.
- Put a piece of tape over the opening you cut into the saranimal.
Go further: See what else you can wrap and copy, like other kinds of toys or even your arm! Never try to do this activity with a real animal, and always get an adult to help you if you want to try to copy any part of yourself or another person. Always be careful to cover the object all the way with the plastic wrap so the tape doesn’t get stuck to the object, and be careful when cutting into the tape and plastic wrap so you don’t hurt whatever is inside.