Showing posts with label Rubber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rubber. Show all posts

Monday, July 19, 2021

All About Rubber

Here in Maine we've had more rainy days than sunny days lately. That means we've been wearing our rainboots a lot. Yesterday, as I was trying to convince my daughters to wear their rainboots instead of sneakers my four-year-old asked "what's rubber?" To which I replied that it's a waterproof material used in boots to keep our feet dry. That, of course, prompted her to ask where it comes from. I explained to her that it comes from trees kind of like maple syrup comes from trees. And now she wants us to grow a rubber tree. That prompted another line of questioning about why we can't grow rubber trees in Maine. 

If you have a child in your life who is also curious about where rubber comes from, Maddie Moate has a video for you. In Where Does Rubber Come From? Madddie visits a forest in Thailand to learn how rubber trees are tapped and how the sap is used to make products like rubber boots. 
 



On a related note, here's a short TED-Ed lesson on how the rubber glove was invented.