Rainbow Flowers

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Go on a scavenger hunt in your local florist, then have fun watching flowers change colors!

Activity Instructions

Have fun exploring colors, shapes, and scents at your local florist, gardening center, or grocery store! Search for flowers with white petals - carnations, tulips, chrysanthemums, or daffodils require a significant uptake of water, making them ideal for this project. Be sure to grab some floral preservatives if available at the store!
Once at home dissolve the floral preserves in warm water, then help your child add food coloring to the vase or cup. The color of the flowers will be about half of what the color of the water will be.
Cut the flower stems at a 45-degree angle immediately before placing it in the water to help the flowers "drink" the water. You can also cut a shallow X in the stem bottom to further speed absorption.
Keep the flowers in a cool area for 24 hours so they can absorb as much water as possible.
Depending on the flower, the petals can begin changing colors in a few hours or it can take as long as 24 hours.

Supplies Needed

Cut flowers with white petals
Vase
Warm water
Food coloring

I Wonder... 

I wonder statements are a great way to introduce concepts to children, stimulate their curiosity while modeling the pleasure of learning, and embrace ideas in a fun and unpressured way!

    I wonder how many flowers we will find at the store?
    I wonder what color flowers we will find at the store?
    I wonder how many white flowers will be at the store?
    I wonder how many drops of food coloring we should put in the vase?
    I wonder what color the flowers will become?
    Our flowers turned red! I wonder what else is red in our home?

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