Thirsty Celery

You will need

  • Red and blue food coloring
  • 2 clear plastic cups
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • Water
  • Magnifying Glass


Adult Guided Activity

Trim the bottom and top of the celery (adult only)

Put a small amount of food coloring in each of the plastic cups and fill them with water

Place a celery stalk in each cup and leave in a warm place overnight

Developing Investigation and Enquiry

Talk about what has happened to the celery stalks

  • Why do you think it has started to change color?
  • How did the celery 'drink' the water?
  • How did the water get up the celery stalk?
  • Can you see the tiny tubes in the celery?

Introduce the word xylem to explain the tubes that transport up the stalk. Use the magnifying glass to see the xylem.


Keeping Everyone Safe

Role model safe cutting when using a sharp knife to cut celery.


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