Thursday, September 25, 2014

Water Makes it Grow

So, late Friday afternoon, Zak strolls into the kitchen, gets down a plate, pours a little water in it and sets it down on the table.

"Can I show you something? It just takes a couple seconds."

"Sure, just a second." I finish the seam I was sewing and then scoot over to get a better view. 

Zak goes into performance mode.

"I have in my hand plain ordinary folded paper." (He holds it out to show Grace and I, and turns it over to show the underside.) 

"We all know that all living things need water to grow. Right?"

We nod.

"But what about plain ordinary paper? Water can't make paper grow...or can it?"

He sets the folded paper in the water, and his surprise blossoms before our eyes! 

"See, water can make even paper grow!"

We cheer and marvel. And then I make him do it again so I can take pictures.

We marvel again.

Zak runs off to go back to his YouTube viewing. But Grace and I are enamored and are now determined to grow paper ourselves. 

We drew, cut, and Grace colored hers. Then we carefully folded each petal into the center, one at a time.

When our papers were ready, so was my camera. But this time I took videos!

This is a super easy, fast, and completely free little project that will fascinate kids and adults! We are going to have to experiment with different types of paper, and shapes to see the effects! 

Thanks Zak! (And awesome people who post cool things on YouTube.)


  1. Very cool! Infinite possibilities!

  2. Awesome! Love the faces on the flowers. We used to do something similar with straw wrappers scrunched down to the ends before removing and using a couple drops from the end of the straw of whatever liquid we were drinking... et voilĂ ! A little worm grew before our eyes. :D

    1. Haha! Cute! You'll have to show the kids how to do it.

  3. That is really cool! Thanks Zak for showing your Mom. Thanks Judith for showing the rest of us. My kids will have a blast with this! Thanks so much for the post.

    1. Zak says, "No problem :)" And I'm hope your kids love it! Thanks for reading!

  4. What a cool idea! I have to try this, right now!

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