Chasing Cheerios

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Another Science Experiment

Guh-guh and the girls watched Sid the Science Kid this morning (O and I are at Guh-guh and Grandpa's house for the week while Elliott is out of town). After the show, they decided to do a science experiment.
They used carrots in their experiment, and M had the fun idea to make letters using the carrots. The girls took turns making letters while the other one identified the letters. Both girls are really into identifying letters, sounds, and reading words lately.



For their experiment, they discussed the sizes of the carrots and chose the 3 fattest carrots. Guh-guh cut the ends off of the carrots, and showed the girls how to hollow out the carrots to make miniature carrot baskets. Somehow Guh-guh threaded dental floss through the carrots (O insisted on flossing her teeth. She loves dental floss!). They hung the carrots in the window and filled the carrot baskets with water. Leaves should begin to sprout and curl up around the basket (hopefully within a week).




Update: The carrot experiment was a flop :( Guh-guh thinks that our carrots weren't fresh enough, and she's determined to try this experiment again. I'll let you know how it goes!

20 comments:

  1. Really?

    That's so cool!

    I hope you post pictures of this as it continues. I'd really like to see it!

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  2. oh, wow. That sounds so cool. I'll have to give it a try.

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  3. Yes, please post some pictures as the experiment progresses!

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  4. I never heard of doing this - we'll have to try it out!

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  5. How did she know about this? Did she learn it as a kid? I have never heard about it. I will try it soon.

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  6. What kind of leaves are going to sprout out? Carrot leaves? or did she put in seeds of some kind?

    Thanks for sharing! How cool!!

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  7. That sounds very interesting. I am looking forward to hearing how it turns out.

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  8. We are on board too!! LOVE IT!! We will start our carrots tomorrow and are excited to see what happens!! thanks! What a great idea!

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  9. They didn't put any seeds in the carrots, so the leaves will be carrot leaves. My mom says she thinks it will take about a week for the leaves to sprout. She found the idea while searching on the internet for gardening activities, and she thinks she saw it on ehow. She says we used to do something similar when we were little (I vaguely remember)...we cut carrot tops and put them in saucers of water, and the green carrot tops would grow. I hope this experiment works! I'll keep you updated!

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  10. Oh we will HAVE to try this! Great idea!

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  11. We are going to start a gardening unit study soon. I think we're going to have to try this. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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  12. Great idea! We will also be trying this!

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  13. that is soo cool! we love sid the science kid too! but between the lions and word world are our faves!

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  14. Synchronicity is funny. isn't it? I was on a frugal cooking message board and someone mentioned doing this. (I gather they are edible)

    I have 1" of carrot tops soaking in water in the window as we speak! They can also be used to make chinese gardens or to accessorize a dollhouse!

    All the best!
    Morgan ~ Mom to 3 boys 5yo, 3yo and a 2 month old!

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  15. Let us know how it goes. If they sprout within a week, I'm going to try this on our vacation!

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  16. It was a dismal failure :( We haven't tried it a second time yet, but my mom insists that she is going to...

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