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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Elementary School Science

My celery middles were looking a little pale the other day so I thought I'd do something I remembered from elementary school.

I stuck them in glasses of water that I had dyed with food coloring. And watched the leaves change color over a few days.

I made them blue, yellow and green. I know there's nothing really exciting about turning celery green but I seem to be out of red.

It's cool how it sucks up the color in fact you can see it in the fibers when you cut a cross section.
Man I'm bored.


37 comments:

Donna S said...

Wow! That actually is way cool. I now know what I'm doing for festive appetizers for holiday parties this year. Thanks!

Pen2 said...

Hi and Happy Christmas

I never knew you could dye
celery, learned something new from U today. hehe don't know when it will come in handy but........

OK that roach has to go, it is worse than the mice and not even real. yuck

Wishing you both a blessed Christmas and the best ever and Happy New Year.
I can't wait until Christmas as my Santa hubby has promised, maybe,if I'm a good old gal, he will bring me Lost Season 5 in BLU RAY (for the first time).

Pen2
Los Angeles CA.
Cold and high winds here but no snow so it is good.

Erika Jean said...

Next on middle school science.... Rock candy!

Tia said...

Cool! My 3 year old will love that! Speaking of bored...I organized kitchen drawers today just for something to do. Sad.

Becky said...

I did this with my 4th graders last year. The green was by far the coolest to look at because it was so vibrant. All the others made the celery look dead.

They thought it was pretty cool.

Topanga said...

I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say you used your red food colouring up on Halloween??

Looks fun. Maybe I should try it.

Mike said...

Jorge, that made me laugh out loud. I wish I were bored in Hawaii with you guys next door. you make boredom fun.

Michelle said...

hhah! I remember that!

collettemn said...

Next you should consider sprouting a lima bean in a wet paper towel...hehe.

carmar76 said...

That is funny! And I'm sorta glad you're out of red. That would be a little too creepy for me.

Crank said...

You aren't done shooting yet are you? I haven't read anything saying the cast has wrapped and I hope you're in it til the end. You do seem to have a little more time on your hands though...

Shannon G said...

Are you trying to tell us that Hurley is not in Season 6 alot or are you just enjoying a Christmas break????

CBL said...

"celery middles" is like the best phrase.ever.

moon said...

How 'bout the experiment with the hard boiled egg soaking in vinegar! A few days later the egg is supposed to bounce.

My mom never let us finish that one, it got too stinky.

Will you try it? I am egging you on :D

Abigail said...

SCIENCE!!!!

Emerald said...

Do you want to come and teach a science lesson to my 5th grade students? :)

If you are really bored take some white carnations or roses and place them in food coloring to dye them.

Also, you can split the stem in two and place each part of the stem in a different color.

Red + Blue = Purple
Yellow + Blue = Green
Yellow + Red = Orange

Happy Holidays!

Brooke said...

You might be bored, but your blog is entertaining me! That's probably no consolation.

Goof said...

Well I just learned something new. Thanks.


((((HUGS))))

teri said...

lol, i've done that too. it also works with carnations or other white flowers. :)

milk and cookeez said...

I feel your pain!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

you can dye eggs with beet juice, onion skins, and um i forget what else..since your bored.

Sherriden said...

huh. that's so cool! i've never seen that :)

Merry Christmas to you and Beth xx

Jenea said...

Very interesting experiment!!! ;)

A Comedic Author, With Rat Training Tendencies said...

Okay... note to self... Bill Nye Science guy to send letter to Jorge and Beth and Nunu for fun little projects that occupy time, space, and maybe a lot of recipes. (I kind of want to try to make fuschia lettuce now.)

Deanna said...

That's fun to do with daffodils too!

Carole Hanbury said...

here's another elementary school science experiment....soak a raw egg, in the shell, in vinegar for 6-7 days and see what happens!

martukis said...

Oye qué bueno lo mismo algún día lo pruebo yo también, procuraré tener especias de color rojo jeje.

¡Felices Fiestas Jorge! :)

joanna said...

you're going to make an awesome dad some day.

jennY said...

Oh Jorge...your blog is always delightful...happy holiday to you and Beth!

ps i am coming to Oahu 1/29...

Joan Crawford said...

Here is another fun one:

Place a raw egg in a glass of vinegar and leave it for a few days. Soon the awesome corrosive power of the vinegar will eat away (or "dissolve", since this *is* science) the shell but leave a gross membrane around the egg.

Step 2 : Place it inside Beth's pillow case. Or hide it in her salad. Act completely shocked and disgusted.

Step 3 : Tell us all about what happened after.

AtomBlonde said...

I, now, cannot WAIT until I find some parched celery in the fridge.

I dig how you roll, man. :)

Curt Rogers said...

Sir, you are full of surprises. You've inspired me to play with my food more often. Once again, my hat is off to you.

tiesha said...

You can do that with white carnation flowers too! We do it in science lab with second graders and they LOVE it!

nollyposh said...

Yes you're bored but cOOL tOO 8-P i tried this with the Lily's in my garden, but i think you need to make the liquid thicker or something for them 8-P

Tasha Who? said...

I certainly remember that experiment! Our teachers had us use red dye in my days, though... poor celeries!

I'd like to see the Play-Doh volcano done again, though. That was definitely my favorite.

realchemistry said...

That is so cool!

The Lady of the House said...

First-graders LOVE this stuff. Try it with a Carnation too.