I ran across the coolest looking art project while scanning through Pinterest the other day. It's for color-tinted leaf skeletons and I just knew that I had to share a scientific twist on this activity with you guys!
I'll warn you, this is a bit involved and you will need some supplies that you probably don't have lying around your house, but it's totally worth the effort!
Let's dig in...
The job of a leaf is to collect sunlight for photosynthesis. This process converts the energy in light into energy the plant can use to make food. In the leaf, this food is created and then transported throughout the plant to a series of tubes, called vascular tissue, which make up the leaves skeleton. These are the "bones" you are seeing in the leaf when the process is finished.
The super washing soda, heat, and the bleach all work together to break down the tender, fleshy part of the leaf - leaving behind the skeleton of vascular tissue.
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