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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemistry, Polymers
Water is poured onto a folded paper towel that has a stick figure drawn on the top surface


Have you ever wished your drawings would come alive and the stick figures or objects on your paper could move around? What sounds impossible actually is not! In this activity, you will make your drawing move around by letting it float on water. What makes this possible is the interesting chemistry of dry erase markers. These markers are usually used to write on white boards or glass surfaces and can easily be erased to make space for more writing or drawing. It turns out that they are also perfect for doing science, so let's get ready to start the experiment!


Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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  • Two shallow trays or plates with a smooth surface
  • Dry erase markers (different colors)
  • Permanent marker
  • Cup
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towel



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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemistry, Polymers
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