I love easy experiments that make science cool! This rainbow colored celery experiment is simple to set up and really makes transpiration come alive for kids.
Celery Science Experiment
- celery (the leafy parts show the color the best)
- food coloring
We have been doing a lot of rainbow activities lately so we made our water rainbow colored by mixing colors. It was a fun way to extend the learning for my preschooler, but you can use any colors you want.
The kids put the celery in the colored water and then recorded their observations in their science notebooks. This helps to encourage them to think like scientists and helps them track the changes.
We left the celery in the colored water overnight and saw that the stems and the leaves of the celery started to turn the same color as the water that it was in.
This is the process of transpiration. The xylem in the plant suck up water like a straw and the colored water moves throughout the celery. The cool thing about this experiment is that you can actually see the capillaries once they are colored.
The kids recorded their observations and we noticed that the celery stalks with more leaves “drank” more of the water than the ones with less. We concluded this was because the leaves needed water too.
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