Newton’s Cradle

You’ve watered plants before, right? You know how it works: You plant something, give it some water, give it some light, give it some time and voila! Beans! Or broccoli! Or flowers! But . . . how does it work? How does the water go from the dirt into the plant and on up into the flower? This experiment will teach you all about plant science in a fun and simple way.

Reward: Shake Up Gold!

  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • (6) Marbles
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue
  • Step 1 Glue (4) craft sticks together at the corners to make a square. Repeat with (4) more crafts sticks. Let dry. These will be the sides of the frame.
  • Step 2 Cut string into (6) equal pieces approximately 8” long
  • Step 3 Hot glue a marble to the center of one of the pieces of string. Repeat to end up with (6) separate marbles, each glued to the center of a string.
  • Step 4 Make (6) marks along two craft sticks every ½”. Make sure the marks are centered on the sticks.
  • Step 5 Tape one end of the strings with marbles attached along one of the craft sticks at each mark. Set aside.
  • Step 6 Using hot glue, assemble the frame. Take the two sides and hot glue a craft stick perpendicular to each corner. The final frame will be a cube.
  • Step 7 Glue the craft stick with the taped string/marbles to one side of the frame.
  • Step 8 Glue the second marked craft stick to the opposite side of the frame.
  • Step 9 Tape the loose end of each string with a marble attached to the marked craft stick. Pull on the strings gently to make sure the mables align. The marbles must line up both horizontally and when viewed from the top.