{Play} Science Experiment for Kids: Celery Capillary Action

For some reason, this experiment stands out as one of my favorites from childhood.  I’m not sure if it’s because I thought Celery Capillary Action was magic or that my mom had magical powers.

It was probably more of the latter, which is why it was so exciting to recreate this “magical” absorption experiment for the kids – and they were no less in awe of the results!

This science experiment is so easy:

  • Stick your celery stalks in a glass of colored water
  • Check in on your experiment every few hours and observe capillary action at work

I let Jane set up the experiment herself.

Then we observed at about 12, 18, 36, and 48 hours to see what had happened to the celery and where the water went.

We talked about:

We also noticed that the celery stalks became more fragrant and the stalks became softer as the hours went on.

*Note: Again, just like our Mud Experiment, technically, the water is not being “absorbed” by the celery but is moving through the celery capillaries.

 Do you have any favorite experiments from your childhood?

Check out these other activities in our Absorption Experiment Series:

And here’s another absorption art activity that we did last year:  Pipet Painting

LEARN! Absorption, capillary action, science


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