Plagues of Egypt
Source: Heart of WisdomPlagues of Egypt are the major part of Exodus story and my daughter found them both very scary and very fascinating. The “water to blood” is the first plague followed by frogs, lice, flies, death of livestock, boils, thunder and hail, locusts, darkness, and, finally, the most terrible plague of all, death of firstborns. When we read about plagues and watched “Prince of Egypt” movie, I kept wondering what kind of twisted pride kept the pharaoh from giving in right there when all waters of Egypt turned into blood and how often even today pride of country leaders or heads of big corporations leads their subjects to ruin.
Water into Blood ExperimentCan you turn water into blood? No, but you can surprise your children with this chemistry experiment. Original source of it is here:
You will need one “real chemical” for this experiment – a PH indicator phenolphthalein. We got ours at Amazon. The second component needed is sodium carbonate, also known as “soda ash”. You can easily make it by heating baking soda (I heated ours for about an hour at 400 F). Now sprinkle sodium carbonate, which is a strong base, in one glass and fill the other glass half with water. Add 10 drops of phenolphthalein to it. Pour your water into a glass with sodium carbonate, and here you have it – water into blood. You can also call it water into wine if you want to make it into more of a New Testament project.
A few notes about this experiment:
- If you just want to surprise your children with how two clear liquids will make color, you can dissolve soda ash in water, but the color will be a lot more “magenta”.
- Perhaps more phenolphthalein will result in a richer color. We haven’t experimented much with it yet, since I am sick at the moment. I might report on it later.
- It goes without saying that nobody should try to taste this experiment, but remember that I “told you so”. Don’t leave your children unsupervised when real chemicals are in play.
Have you ever bought real chemicals for your homeschool or after school? It was the first time ever for us so far.
More Passover ideas?From my blog
- Passover Books for Kids
- Preparing for Passover
- Celebrating Passover (a guest post at Multicultural Kid Blogs)
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