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

Why do leaves change color?

Watch more with these video collections:

The arrival of autumn is a great reason to talk about chemistry: When tree leaves change from green to reds, oranges, yellows, and browns, we’re seeing the tree’s green chlorophyll fade away, revealing hidden autumnal pigments. A tree’s sunlight exposure and stored sugars also get credit for helping create more brilliant fall colors. ACS Reactions explains more why leaves change color.

why do autumn leaves change color?
Learn more about chlorophyll, carotenoids, xanthophylls, and anthocyanins with this autumn DIY experiment: Leaf Color Chromatography with Alex Dainis.

via @ScienceChannel.

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...

The Exhale Bionic Chandelier: Microorganism-filled ‘leaves’ that ‘breathe’

Rion Nakaya

The Grand Prismatic Spring: One of Nature’s Most Amazing Sights

Rion Nakaya

The vivid red-pink Scarlet Ibis: Light Talks with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Rion Nakaya

The Leaf Color Chromatography Experiment

Rion Nakaya

How do plants grow in space?

Rion Nakaya

Chemiluminescence: BytesizeScience’s glowing chemistry demo

Rion Nakaya

Gotta Eat! and Classifying Organisms – Crash Course Kids

Rion Nakaya

The Chemistry of Rockets: How do rockets work?

Rion Nakaya

Mimosa pudica (touch-me-nots) & rapid plant movement

Rion Nakaya