Did you know you can regrow lettuce? Well, you can. Simply put the ends of it in water. Since we had already done that, I decided to take it up a notch and get the full use out of my lettuce by using it for a simple science experiment. I simply put the 3 ends of the lettuce in small food storage containers and asked Sweet Pea which two liquids she’d like to experiment with. One had to be water, which was our control, because we know that works and what it looks like, but the other two liquids were up to her.
And, as my husband was walking in the door, she shouted, “Daddy, we’re doing a ‘speriment with salad! Look at it!”
I let her choose two liquids, and she chose lemon juice and vinegar. Then, we all made predictions. I noticed that because we’ve been doing experiments off and on for the last few months now, she’s gotten a little better at making predictions. She tends to stick to the same things, but that make sense because she doesn’t have a lot of prior knowledge to go off of. Sweet Pea predicted that water will grow the tallest, followed by lemon juice. She didn’t think anything would change color; just that it will grow.
Sweet Pea checks her experiment multiple times a day, without prompting (proof that she enjoys science!). She noticed that they all grew a bit, but that she was wrong with her color changing prediction. My little scientist asked a TON of questions, some of which I had to look up the answer for and try to break down to a simple answer for her. But, it’s so worth it. And, I believe that it’s ok for our kids to know that we don’t know all the answers, but that we know how to find out.
To do this experiment you’ll need:
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