Kids Science: Time for Me to Leaf

chromatography

You don’t have to have a fancy lab setup to do this science experiment. On top of that, this is a great one to get kids excited about science!

Chromatography is a technique scientists use to break down a substance into its individual parts so that they can be studied. While this sounds super complicated, it doesn’t have to be.

Leaves are perfect to demonstrate this process. Leaves contain several different pigments that make up their color. Just because you see green, red or yellow that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to see. Fall is a great time to experiment with this since leaves are turning such vibrant colors.

This simple experiment lets you play detective and uncover the hidden pigments in leaves. Let these amusing MIT students show you how.

And the best part? All you need are common household items you probably already have. Now go find some leaves and start experimenting! 🙂

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