Colorful Celery: Kitchen science; AND Weekly Kid's Co-op

I've always thought that the science experiments looked super cool where cut stems are put in colored water and the plant itself eventually changes to that color.

Since my son has gotten so into gardening this year, I thought this experiment would be perfect to illustrate to him how plants incorporate water into their body.

We poured about an inch of water into 3 glass jars. My son added red, yellow and blue coloring.
Then we stuck in celery stalks. I thought the stalks with the leaves still intact would be more effective for this experiment.
 Then we waited.
We noticed that the different colors started showing up in the leaves within only 2 hours time!
 24 hours later the stalks and leaves were very noticeably colored.
 Here are the 3 together.
We talked about the term "capillary action", which is in essence the plants ability to pull water up through its stalk and into the leaves and flowers.

Thanks for stopping by! We had fun!

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The Weekly Kid's Co-op

Also it is Weekly Kids Co-op Link-up Party time!  I'm linking up the above post and our post on Painting like Jackson Pollock. Enjoy!

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  1. It is wonderful your son has taken an interest in garden—and, even more wonderful that you are encouraging that interest and developing activities around it! I remember doing this experiment with flowers when I was little and thinking how truly amazing this was. I am sure your son was so delighted when the celery began changing colors!

  2. I love your science experiment! I'm sure the celery is also edible since it was just food coloring... perhaps a fun way to get the kids to eat some veggies! Thanks for linking with us at T4, I also linked a few things in you co- op this week! Thanks for hosting!

  3. I'm a new follower! I'm glad to stop by and see all of these great ideas! Feel free to follow me back!

  4. So much fun!! We did this with flowers awhile ago too. Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. Ive always loved this science project! Thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase!

  6. Just dropping by to let you know I have featured this on Tuesday Tots this week! Thanks so much for sharing it with us :)

  7. I used to love doing this! Thanks for reminding me how much fun it is!

  8. I will do it with my children tomorrow! thanks!


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