“A watched pot never boils.” Perhaps you’ve blurted out that phrase before in frustration. Boiling water seems to take forever, especially when you’re in a hurry to make something simple, such as a cup of hot tea or cocoa.

Why does it take so long? It turns out that water’s slowness to boil is one of its most amazing qualities. This special design points to the handiwork of the Creator, who knew exactly what it would take to sustain life on earth.

Most of us have heard lists of water’s many other astounding properties. It is the only known compound whose solid form (ice) floats above the liquid form, enabling fish and other life in rivers and lakes to survive the long winter without freezing solid. It is also the earth’s “universal dissolver,” moving and recycling vital chemicals and nutrients, carrying them to the plants and animals that need them. Water even dissolves oxygen from the air and brings it to the creatures in the sea.

Those benefits are obvious. But what could water’s slowness to boil possibly have to do with keeping us alive?

—Excerpt from Experiment: Water’s Life-Saving Secret, Answers magazine, Vol. 8, No. 1

Water has some amazing properties! Read the remainder of Experiment: Water’s Life-Saving Secret and perform a fun experiment at the end of the article. You will learn how water helps preserve life on earth! This experiment requires adult supervision. Make sure you ask an adult for help, and don’t forget to wear safety glasses.