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Place your paper towel on top of the drinking glass. Using the eye dropper, drop one drop of water at a time onto the middle of the paper towel. The water will spread out over the washable marker and separate the colors. The results will vary based on the brand and colors of markers you used. Ask you child how much water they think the paper towel can hold. Let her measure the water and pour it onto the paper towel. Did it hold as much as she thought? You can set up the experiment with 1 paper towel in one bowl, 2 paper towels in a second bowl, and 3 paper towels in a third bowl.

Which paper towels will hold the most water? How much water did they hold. We try to use cloth as much as possible in our house. However, there are some jobs that just require a paper towel. Cleaning the grill and cleaning our cast iron skillets are two of these examples. I hate how my cleaning cloths are greasy and black after cleaning the grill.

Using cloth to wipe oil on a cast iron skillet leaves little pieces of cloth behind. Paper towels are so much easier for these jobs. One of chickens laid an egg on the ramp to the coup. Before we could get the egg, the chickens knocked it off of the ramp. It fell onto the wood on the side of their run and broke. How do we work out which paper towels are truly great and which are almost entirely useless?

We have all seen advertisements where two brands of paper towels are compared by observing how quickly or thoroughly they suck up a mysterious blue liquid or by wiping up some muddy footprints from their kitchen floor. This, as we know, is not very scientific - there are no figures, no proof and little truth. Here we are going to show you how to conduct an experiment to test one of these claims: Work out an average for each result and write down in a table.

Plot all of your results onto a simple bar graph like the one below; you can do this on a computer or you can use graph paper and pencils. This will allow you to show which brand of paper towel is the most absorbent and which is truly awful. Of course, this is a very simple experiment and it does have some limitations; you are testing only one reason why people choose a certain brand. Some brands might be excellent at soaking up spills but are very expensive. Maybe some brands are not as good at soaking up water but are better at soaking up other liquids like milk or cooking oil.

When a consumer buys paper towels, they are not just looking for absorbency. Price, softness, availability, number of sheets on a roll, and strength are all important factors when buying a roll of kitchen towel. Perhaps you could design an experiment to rate the strength and softness, or try and calculate how much each towel costs per sheet.

Paper towel manufacturers spend millions of dollars every year but, with a few simple experiments, you can find out which brands truly are the best.

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The Paper Towel Experiment is a project about which type of paper can absorb more water.

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5. Calculate and record the average water drops held for each paper towel. Use the following formula: (Sum of Drops for Brand A)/4 (Sum of Drops for Brand B)/4.

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Students will experiment with testing the absorbency of paper towels. Students can use the Predict, Observe, Explain table on the Student Worksheet to describe and reflect upon this experiment. Paper towel experiments for kids using Viva Vantage paper towels. Teaching Mama. playing, creating, and learning at home One thing I learned from these experiments using a good paper towel is key. I usually buy cheap paper towels, but now I’ve seen the advantage to a quality paper towel. Sorry cheap paper towels, I’m breaking up with.