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Your Grandchildren Will Think You’re A Magician*

Your Grandchildren Will Think You’re A Magician*

Try doing any of these fun tricks with the kids. And, be sure to put on your top hat and wave your magic wand.

Mood Sodas
Turn your grandchildren’s clear and uninteresting drinks into sparkling beverages using a few skillfully placed drops of food coloring. For extra fun, tell them that each drink is a “mood soda”. Its color will show how they are feeling.
What you need:
• Solo cups
• Seltzer or clear soda like Sprite or 7-Up
• Ice cubes
• Food coloring
What to do: Place a few drops of food coloring into the bottom of each cup and let dry. Before serving, place some ice cubes in the cup to obscure the coloring. Then, with your grandchildren watching, pour in the soda. It will turn colors!

Colorful Cabbage
You may remember this science experiment/magic trick from your own childhood. The food coloring travels up the xylem – or vessels – of the veggies, to turn the leaves a vibrant color.
What you need:
• Vases or glasses
• Water
• Food coloring
• Napa cabbage or celery, bottoms sliced off
What to do: Squirt a few drops of food coloring into the bottom of each glass and add about 1 inch of water. Place the cabbage or celery into the water, cut side down, and wait 8 hours to 2 days. The color will travel up the vegetable and “magically” color the leaves.

The Incredible Sinking Orange
Did you know an orange can float with its peel on, but sinks once it’s removed, even though it becomes lighter? That’s because the air trapped inside the peel makes it buoyant. When you remove it, the air leaves, and the fruit sinks.
What you need:
• An orange
• A glass or vase big enough to fit the orange
• Water
What to do: Fill the glass about halfway with water. For extra fun and drama, wave your wand over the glass. Place the orange in and watch it float. Next, remove the orange, peel it, and place it back in the water. Watch it sink. Voila! You’re a magician!
*Article reprinted (and edited) from www.grandparents.com

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