Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dinner Magician

 Here is a cute activity that the kids loved! 
You take 5 toothpicks and break them in half without completely breaking them apart.  Place them on a plate with the broken ends together.  Then drop a few drops of water into the middle with a dropper or a straw.....  

.....and watch as the toothpicks move before your eyes and form a 5 point star!

The science of this is something to do with capillary action but I simply said to the kids that as the wood absorbs water they start to straighten out.  They each wanted a turn at being the dinner magician and make their own star.  A fun little after dinner activity!

Idea found at Almost Unschoolers

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