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Monday, May 2, 2011

F is for Flower - How Does Water Move Through a Stem?

Experiment: Coloring a Flower

What You Need:
White Carnations ( 1 for each color you will use)
food coloring in assorted colors (we used red, blue, yellow & green)
clear plastic cups or glasses

What To Do:

** Hypothesis - explain what you are going to do and have your children tell you what they think will happen. The Lil Divas hypothesized that the flower's stem would change color since it was sitting in the colored water! **

1. Fill glasses 1/3 to 1/2 way with water and add enough food coloring so that the color looks deep/dark.

2. Cut the end of the flower's stem and stand flower in colored water

3. Observe leaf after 1 hr. You should see the petals becoming tinged with color

4. Observe throughout the day - you should see petals gain more and more color until you have a colored flower.

5. Discuss results of experiment with your child(ren) -
How did the white carnation change color? Why?
The stem transports water and minerals upwards from the roots through the plant. Since we colored the water we saw how it traveled through the stem upward to the petals.

The Lil Divas LOVED this experiment. They were fascinated by the changing color of the petals. The experiment really helped them see how water travels through the stem to the other parts of the plant.


We also planted our flower garden today! :) Keeping my fingers crossed that we get some flowers! I have a notorious black thumb but I am hopeful that these will grow. One thing is for sure - we certainly enjoyed planting together.

Since we planted sunflowers today one of the books I read was:
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting

The other book I read was:
My Garden by Kevin Henkes - this is a fun imaginative book about what a lil girl dreams would be in her ideal garden. We had fun imagining and discussing what would be in our "dream" garden - from cupcake trees to seashell and butterfly flowers. :)


The Lil Divas also made letter Ff out of Flower stickers:

and practiced writing the letter Ff using a handwriting printable from

Hope you enjoyed our experiment, the sneak peek at our (hopefully) future flower garden, books and letter Ff activities! More to come as we continue to explore Flowers this week!


** linking this to Childhood 101 - We Play!Sharing Time,  Get Crafty,  Read, Explore, Learn , For the Kids Friday, and Preschool CornerFeed Me Books Friday  **


  1. I remember dying flowers when I was a kid, I thought it was so cool.
    Following you from the Tuesday trails hop.

  2. Oh how fun!! I love the idea of coloring the flowers - never thought about it before :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. That is so cute. I like the garden it will teach them about our planet and how important it is to take care of it and to grow our own food. The way things are going today, it might be a good idea to grow your own food. I am sure they were fastinated with the flowers and how they absorb water or paint. Loved it.

  4. I remember doing that experiment in school. Glad to see that it still fascinates kids!!

  5. I remember doing that with flowers:) very cool

  6. Such A cute IDEA!!I am following you now from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop:) Hope you will check out my blog too and follow along:)

  7. great daughter loves flowers and food coloring so this is perfect.

  8. What a pretty experiment. I bet they loved seeing the flowers change colours. Lovely indeed!

    Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty!


  9. Your experiment went so well! My flower didn't get this dark.

    I love the flowery "f"'s.

    Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  10. Thank you *so* much for linking up all your fab ideas with the Carnival of Letter Play. I especially love this flower experiment (I remember doing it with sticks of celery at school - but flowers are so much prettier!)

  11. How long does it take before the flower starts to die or to fall its petal off?

  12. can u use any flower or does it HAVE to be those ones

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