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06/10/2015
 School is out and it is time for summer vacation! During these summer months, you may find yourself at home more often with your children. If your child struggles with science, summer vacation can be a great time for him to develop renewed curiosity and interest in the subject. Use this time to make science fun with your children. Everyone is familiar with the baking soda and vinegar volcano, why not try out a new experiments at home? 

Colored Flowers 

Have you ever seen colored carnations in the store or flower shop? Now you can make them at home! All you need are a few white carnations from your local florist, food coloring, a few small cups, and water. Decide which colors you want to make your flower and add a few drops of that color to a small cup. Add water to the small cup as well. Remember, the more drops of food coloring, the stronger the color will be in the water and therefore in the flower as well. 

Cut the last centimeter of the carnation stem off and place the carnation stem into the colored water. Sometimes it takes a few days to see the color emerge onto the colors so you have to have a little bit of patience. Sometimes the colors change a little on the flower petals. Now you can make green flowers for St. Patrick’s Day or red and pink flowers for Valentine's Day.  

Multicolored Flowers

If you want to take this experiment a step further, try making multicolor flowers. Split the last few inches of the carnation step with a razor blade. Set up two small cups of different colored water and place each half of the stem in a different colored water cup. 

How it Works

This experiment works because of the science of transpiration. Transpiration basically means that plants draw up water from the stem. The water is then evaporated by stomata, which is when the water is evaporated from the leaves and flowers. When the water evaporates, pressure is created to pull more water up through the plant. This principle is like drinking from a straw. 

Hopefully these science experiments will help your child realize the wonders of science. If you find your child struggling with math or science, we are here to help. The Tutoring Center offers one-on-one tutoring throughout the school year in a variety of subjects including math and reading. For more tips including reading tips, check out our blog. For tutoring in Lansdale, PA contact The Tutoring Center. Go ahead and give us a call at 215-855-6744 to set up a time for your child to take a free assessment.

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