This year we were very excited to get a real Christmas tree! In Massachusetts we had an artificial tree that a friend gave us, and then for the past two years we used a small artificial IKEA tree. This year, Mike took Johnny, Lily, and Anna to find a Christmas tree, and they brought back a beautiful one! We have been thoroughly enjoying our beautiful tree. The kids play around it, we sit and admire the lights, and we are even using it for a bit of Christmas science!
Christmas Science: How Much Water Does a Christmas Tree Drink?
I have been using the kids’ water bottles from school to fill up the Christmas tree stand, and they are amazed at how much water this Christmas tree needs! Every day we count how many water bottles of water we have to add to the tree stand. One water bottle holds 12 ounces of water.
We have now had our tree for one week, and we have added 384 ounces (3 gallons!) of water to our tree – beyond the water we initially used to fill our tree stand. This means that our tree drinks just under 55 ounces of water a day, or just over 4.5 water bottles full of water day.
We are hypothesizing that our tree will drink less water each day since the water is only extending the freshness of the tree, and not really keeping it alive. So far that seems to be correct, but we need to gather more data since the tree seems to be thirstier some days than others. We haven’t figured out why that might be the case. Do you have any suggestions?
The world is full of fun science experiments if you take a moment to look and find them! Do you have a fun Christmas themed science experiment for us to try?