ExplorationTake a cotton ball and hold it in both hands. Now squeeze it, making sure you notice its texture with your fingertips. How does it feel? Next, see if you can gently stretch the cotton ball so it gets longer. Can you stretch it slowly and carefully so it doesn’t break right away? If you feel it start to break, move your fingers closer to the middle of the cotton and continue pulling it apart from that spot. When it seems sturdier, try moving your fingers back to the ends and pulling from there once again. How long is your stretched cotton?Now what can you do with your cotton? Can you roll it so it looks like a cinnamon roll or a rose? Can you push the ends together to create a temporary bracelet? Perhaps you want to glue it to a piece of paper to make a unique shape or picture. Enjoy your craft time with this very special fiber!
Sources & links
"Cotton." Britannica Junior Encyclopedia. Britannica Online for Kids. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2011. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. "cotton." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 11 Aug. 2011. “The Story of Cotton: How Cotton Is Spun and Woven.” Cotton Counts. National Cotton Council of America. Web. 11 Aug. 2011.