Exploring the colour and shape of vegetables is the simplest experiment you can do – but it is fascinating and a great way to get hands on and encourage play with veg!
Grab a head of broccoli and cauliflower. Did you know that they are actually bunches of flowers and if you left them to grow in the field they would eventually bloom? Carefully slice the head of cauliflower and broccoli through the middle, taking off the root end and the bottom half of the florets and see if you can find the tree-like pattern of branches!
If you can find a romanesco cauliflower, this one is even cooler, and covered in a “fractal” mathematical pattern of spirals that repeats perfectly over and over.
Did you know that carrots weren’t originally orange? We’ve bred them to be orange over the years (thanks to the Dutch royal “House of Orange” in the Netherlands). But you can still find the more original ‘carrot’ colours in some shops and greengrocers – keep an eye out for purple or yellow carrots next time you pass a big array of vegetables and see what colours you can spot!
Similarly, beetroot might be almost always eaten purple, but did you know you can get golden beetroot, and even “candy striped” beetroot with rows of purple and white circles? If you can find one, slice through the middle and find the colour and stripes – they are fascinating!
These are some of my favourite suggestions, but you can explore the colour and shapes of any veggies – just grab a few and feel free to play, tear and cut them apart to explore and play with them. Describe what you see and see if it reminds you of anything.