The best kind of learning is when you are having too much fun to notice you are learning.
Now that we are almost 2 weeks into our first summer break from school, a big priority for me is to make sure that Penny isn’t losing the gains she has made throughout the year. We want to make sure she keeps up with her letters, numbers and reading while we enjoy the 2 months of school break.
We thought it would be fun for her to do a few science experiments over the summer so she could practice her critical thinking, following instructions and writing. We found an experiment in her kids encyclopedia about plants and flowers and how they eat and drink water and nutrients from the soil through their stem. The experiment visualized this process with a white flower, food colouring and water over 24 hours.
To complete this experiment at home with your own lil’ scientist you will need:
Flowers with White Petals
We didn’t buy any special flowers for this, we just found some daisies growing on the side of the road and picked those.
Snip the ends of your flowers on an angle.
Place your flower specimens in a jar of water.
Add food colouring to your water. Be liberal! This will make sure you will see your colours on the petals at the end of your experiment. We chose purple.
Now set your experiment aside for 24 hours. If your little one is supposed to practice their writing skills, this would be a good opportunity. They could record how their flower looks before you set the 24 hour clock and they can also record the changes afterwards. Our oldest is 5 so we just practiced labelling the parts of a flower for letter practice.
After 24 hours your flower will have drank the water and carried the food colouring up the stem and into the white petals, providing a visual of how a plant or flower takes water and nutrients up its stem and to the flower. Hooray for science!
Have fun learning this summer!
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