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Good morning Linda,

This activity (seen also at https://funlearningforkids.com/grow-a-rainbow-science-experiment/) could make an excellent demonstration as the initial trigger in the engage part of the framework for inquiry.

Your extension ideas could then become the body of the investigation as the children wonder what is happening, attempt to explore their ideas about it before stating a starter question that they can investigate.

So one group might be interested in knowing if the colours on the paper travel at different speeds, so might try one colour on one end and different colour on the other end and judge where they meet as a measure of how well each colour spreads.

Another group might wonder if the type of paper makes a difference, so might try ordinary white paper, notepad paper that is slightly coarser, kitchen roll and perhaps tissue. This would let them discover if water spreads as easily in each different type of material.

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