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Pine Cone Experiment

Friday, September 30, 2016 10:05 AM | Deleted user

Adapted from Lemon Lime Adventures.Fall Pinecone Experiment

Fall offers so many cool opportunities to combine art and science!


  1. Three pinecones (all the same size)
  2. Three jars
  3. Warm water
  4. Cool water
  5. Ruler
  6. Timer
  7. Paper and pencil
  • Ask your child to observe and describe the pinecones.  Use the ruler to measure it.  Your child can even use the paper and pencil to record what it looks like.
  • Place one pinecone in each jar.  Cover one with warm water, one with cold water, and leave the third just in air for a control.
  • Ask your child to observe what starts happening to the pinecones.
  • Every five minutes, ask your child to describe the pinecones.  You can use the ruler to measure it again, or the paper to sketch the changes you see.
  • Note: allow around 20 minutes to see both pinecones in water close.  

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