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The Science Secrets of Leprechauns Revealed
Do the leprechauns visit your home every year on St. Patrick’s Day? Those mischievous leprechauns break into my house every year and wreak havoc. And yes, the leprechauns bring a little science with them. What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a little leprechaun science?
When the leprechauns break into my house, the first thing they do is turn the water green. Green water flows out of every faucet on St. Patrick’s Day. Then they open cabinet doors, overturn chairs and lay eggs.
That’s right. They lay eggs. And not just any eggs…magical appearing eggs.
The leprechauns don’t stop there. They leave my girls a special mix of leprechaun soup to mix up for dessert, color changing rainbow beads, green worms for fishing, snow that turns leprechaun green and for a finale, they change our white flowers to green.
If you believe in leprechauns and their magic, stop reading now. If you want to learn the science secrets behind the leprechauns, read on.
To turn the water green, you have to use a color-mixing trick invented by Science Guy Steve Spangler. Unscrew the screen to your faucet and dry it with a paper towel. Place a few blue and yellow Tub Tints or Fuzzy Tints tablets in the reservoir and put the screen back in place. Don’t turn on the water, wait until morning and let the kids discover it. When the water runs over the tablets, it turns green. It’s that simple. You can also drop a few tablets in the toilet tank or into the milk. If you do this, expect some loud screams from your children.
The leprechaun eggs are one of my favorite polymers, Jelly Marbles. Hydrate the marbles and place them in a bowl of water. Add green food coloring to the water. The eggs will magically appear. To color the white flowers, add drops of food coloring to the water and wait overnight.
For the leprechaun soup, leave a bowl of pistachio pudding mix out. When you add milk, the white powder turns green.
For the rest of the leprechaun science secrets, check out the new Leprechaun Science Kit from Steve Spangler Science. It comes with leprechaun science activities and materials to do with your young scientist and an 8-page activity guide to step you through each experiment.
Don’t forget to build a leprechaun trap to try and catch those mischievous elves. For an extra touch, make sure you sprinkle leprechaun dust (glitter) and coins on the floors and countertops. Sure this makes a mess, but the excitement it brings to the kids is worth every minute of cleanup.
Guest blogger Susan Wells is the mom to two girls, ages 4 and 8. She enjoys enriching her daughter’s education by finding the learning in everything. They especially enjoy science activities. She works as a blogger and social media strategist for Steve Spangler Science, a Colorado company dedicated to helping teachers and parents get children excited about science.