How Does a Leaf Get Water

Kindergarten Leaf Unit Study

During our leaf unit study for My Father's World Kindergarten I set up a simple science demonstration to teach J-Bug how a leaf gets water. We did this same demo back when JZ went through MFWK, and I have to say it is every bit as cool to me now as it was then. The best part is there is literally zero set up involved. Just grab a bag and find a tree!

How to Demonstrate How a Leaf Gets Water

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  • a tree
  • a bag

Directions: J-Bug picked out a tree in our backyard, and I attached a Ziploc bag to it, enclosing a branch covered in leaves. I sealed the Ziploc enough to hold it in place. The first time we did this demonstration I used a plastic grocery bag and tied the handles in a knot to secure it. We left the bag on the tree for a week, checking it every day.

At the end of the week the bag had collected a good amount of water. I explained to J-Bug that plants absorb nutrients and water through their roots. The water flows through the veins of a tree like water in pipes reaching every leaf on every branch.

For more hands on leaf activities for kids follow me on Pinterest.

More activities with leaves:
Painting with Leaves

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