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Colorful Carnation Bouquet Experiment

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Activity Overview

Where does the water go when plants are watered? This experiment will allow children to discover for themselves The important functions of roots and stems for helping a plant to grow. As the colored water is absorbed, your young scientist will be able to view how the water is taken in my the plant. They will also stand in amazement as they watch the flower change color over time before their eyes. Please note that this experiment can done individually with only one carnation if that best suits you.

Materials You Will Need

  • 6 White carnations
  • 6 glasses
  • Water
  • 6 colors of food coloring ( remember you can mix them)

How to Do It

  1. Have an adult cut the stems at an angle 5- 6 inches from the flowers.
  2. Fill glasses with 4 inches of water and stir in 8 drops of food coloring using different colors in each glass.
  3. Place each flower in a different color of water.
  4. Within only 24 hours, your young scientist should start to observe the edges of the petals starting to change color. The longer the flowers are left in the water, the brighter and more vibrant the colors will be.
  5. When you are satisfied with the result, arrange the carnations in a pretty vase full of fresh water for all to enjoy.

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