Summer Science: Color-Changing Flowers

color changing flowers

In the summertime, when you’ve most likely stopped formal learning for a few months, it can be best to keep the learning activities you do do simple. It’s also the perfect time for activities involving being outside. This super simple experiment involves getting flowers to change colors! It will amaze your kids, especially once you explain the science behind it. Here’s how it works:

What you need:

  • White flowers (wildflowers like Queen Anne’s lace, or something like daisies or carnations)
  • Clear containers like glasses or jars
  • Food coloring
  • Water

What to do:

  • If you’ve got a nearby area with lots of wildflowers, send your kids out to gather the white flowers you need for the experiment. They’ll have a ton of fun hunting for flowers and gathering them up. If not, pick up some simple white flowers at the grocery store, they’ll work just as well.
  • Separate the flowers into multiple containers based on how many colors you want to try. Fill the containers about 3/4 full with water and add food coloring. You want to add enough food coloring so that the water very clearly appears that color.
  • Now, just wait! Plants have a system of veins just like people do. Their cells soak up the water and their veins spread it to the farthest reaches of the plant. This is why, after some time, you’ll see that the flower petals have begun to change color!
  • Keep in mind, not all of the colors will necessarily work. Most likely because the molecules making up that color in the dye are too large to effectively pass through the plant’s system.

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