Science experiments can prove to be very exciting and fascinating for the kids. These experiments not only help children to learn about science but also help them to develop creativity, innovative ideas and better understanding of things happening around them. The Leaf Skeleton project is one of the most popular and amazing science experiments for kids. It is simple, safe and cool science experiment.
How to Make Skeleton Leaves :
The Leaf Skeleton experiment involves the removal of leaf tissue after which beautiful veins or skeleton of leaf can be seen. To perform
the Leaf Skeleton experiment you will need to have fresh, large and colorful leaves, metal pot, paintbrush, sodium carbonate (washing soda) and tweezers. Kids performing this experiment should make sure to have an adult supervision.
First of all take a metal pot and add four and half teaspoons of sodium carbonate in it. Take half liter of water and pour it into this metal pot. Now heat the pot on a stove till the mixture boils and the bubbles begin to appear on the surface. Turn off the stove and then put the leaves into the pot and allow them to soak for almost half an hour.
Now very carefully you will have to remove these leaves from the pot with the help of tweezers. Wash these leaves with cool water in a very gentle manner without breaking or damaging them.
Once done with the washing use paintbrush slowly and carefully to remove the outer skin of these leaves. After the removal of skin you will see a very beautiful and complex pattern of veins or skeleton in these leaves. These veins in a leaf are meant for the purpose of providing essential nutrients to the leaf from the ground which passes through a plant’s stem. You can now use the Leaf Skeleton for decorative purposes in your house or can frame them. Kids can even try painting different things or sceneries on these leaves.