Smiling like Sunshine: Science experiments with kids: Invisible ink

Friday, 8 July 2011

Science experiments with kids: Invisible ink

This experiment has been on my mind since I read it on an old supplement given by The Guardian. Defne LOVES lemon ;) so she was very pleased with experimenting with lemons.

We diluted some lemon juice with a little bit of water and then Defne used a cotton bud to draw/write using this mixture.
Apperantly she wasn't impressed as she just couldn't see what she was drawing!

When she was finished I put the papers in the oven for maybe a minute or so ( the oven was already scorching hot as I was baking yummy pizzas)
And then ....the magic happens!
 if you look carefully, you will realize she tried to write her name. She loved it!

The lemon juice is acidic so it weakens the paper.The acid remains in the paper after the juice  has dried. When the paper is held near heat the acidic parts of the paper burn or turn brown before the rest of the paper does. You can try it with other acidic liquids like orange juice or vinegar, too.

I also LOVE The Artful Parent's version "Invisible ink with crayon resist",on my project list for the summer holidays.

Happily shared with The Play Academy, Something for the weekend, It's Playtime, Kids Get Crafty, Preschool Corner, and Tot School