Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

The Leaf Color Chromatography Experiment

Why to some leaves change color in the fall? This experiment, Leaf Color Chromatography with Bite Sci-zed’s Alex Dainis, is the perfect autumn weekend project to learn about chlorophyll, carotenoids, xanthophylls, and anthocyanins.

leaf color chromatography

Get some rubbing alcohol, white coffee filters, a few clear glasses, scissors, and a wooden spoon. Next, head outside to find leaves that are at different stages of their color change — around 10 per color.

For additional info, read more about this experiment at SciAm

In the archives: more Bite Sci-zed, more autumn, and more experiments.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

How do baby flamingos become pink?

Rion Nakaya

How to make a homemade vortex cannon

Rion Nakaya

How to make Leonardo da Vinci’s self-supporting bridge

Rion Nakaya

How To Decorate Cookies To Look Like Fall Leaves

Rion Nakaya

The Real Reason Leaves Change Color In the Fall – MinuteEarth

Rion Nakaya

What Lives In Moss?

Rion Nakaya

Use a 9-volt battery to break water into its elemental components

Rion Nakaya

Carnivorous Plants and Killer Ants – Gross Science

Rion Nakaya

Is it impossible to skip a stone 89 times?

Rion Nakaya