Plant Trap Botany And Biology Science Experiment
In this fun and easy botany and biology science experiment for kids, we’re going to create a plant trap to see if we can keep a plant from escaping.
- Thin plastic container
- Paper towel
- Rubber band
- A weed with its roots
- Shallow pan
- Cut two squares from the plastic container big enough to fit the roots from the weed.
- Fold a paper towel and place it on a plastic square.
- Lay the roots on the paper towel.
- Now fold another paper towel and lay it on top of the weed roots.
- Place the other plastic square on top to make a sandwich of all the layers.
- Secure the layers together with a rubber band.
- Fill the shallow pan with water.
- Lay the “sandwich” in the water making sure it is propped on the side of the container and facing a sunny window.
- Make sure you keep at least an inch of water in the pan while you wait four to five days.
- Observe the changes in your weed.
How it Works:
Ever notice a bulge in a sidewalk and realize it was caused by the roots of a nearby tree? Roots are a very important part of a plant that is usually hidden underground. Roots help keep a plant upright and keep it from blowing away, while also bringing nutrients and water up from the soil. Roots will grow out in all directions (and even break up strong concrete sidewalks) in an attempt to perform these important tasks.
Make This A Science Project:
Try this experiment with roots from different types of plants and weeds.