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Flowers Drink Up Spring
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Flowers Drink Up Spring

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Children can actually see flowers change into bright spring colors!

This colorful and educational activity is appropriate for:
pre-k - 1st grade / 4 - 6 years

You will need:

  • White carnations - 3 for each child (Note: They should be unopened flowers that have not soaked in any water yet)
  • See-through water bottles
  • Red, blue and green food coloring
  • Safety Scissors


  1. Cut the carnation stems down and at an angle.
  2. Ask children to guess what will happen when the carnations are put in the colored solution.
  3. Squeeze the colors into the bottles to make one bottle of red, one of blue and one of green.
  4. Put one carnation into each bottle. Make sure that the bottom of the stem is in the solution.
  5. After about 30 minutes, the white carnation in the green solution should begin to change into a pale green carnation. The other two carnations should also change into their respective red and blue colors. Tell children that stems are like drinking straws and the petals of the flower get liquid from the stems.
  6. Write observations on chart paper.
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