This super easy dying flowers science experiment will help kids understand parts of a flower, the flower life cycle, and capillary action – all with a stunningly beautiful kids activity they will remember for years!
Start out by filling four clear glasses with water and 30 drops of food coloring – use any colors you like.
We’ve tried this flower science for kids with carnations before and just haven’t had the amazing results as we did this time. I highly suggest using gerbera daisy flowers for this experiment.
Start by trimming several inches off the bottom of all your flowers. That makes sure the pores are open and ready for capillary action to occur quickly.
If you would like to really WOW your kids I suggest using a utility knife, carefully cut the flower stem in the middle from the bottom up about 6″. This will allow you to color one flower with two colors! This is an EPIC spring and summer flower science projects.
Now, for this flower science project, place one flower in each colored water cup. Take the flower whose stem you cut in half and put one part of the stem in one color and the other part of the stem in the other colored water. This flower will be drinking water from both the colors which will result in the food coloring going into different parts of the flower and even combining at some spots for some beautiful color mixing.
Get ready to be amazed with this flower science experiments — within a couple hours,you will start seeing the results of your flower activity.
So besides the “Wow effect” your kids are about to experience, what is the science behind what’s going on?
When plants are in the ground they get their water by pulling in up their their roots. Once inside the flower stem, tiny tubes called xylem take the water to the plant’s flowers and leaves. The flower stem is like you getting water through a straw! This experiment allows kids to see that happen because the flowers will drink the colored water by pulling it up their straw, the flower stem. Kids will know the water has reached the flower when the petals start showing the colors in the water.
Splitting the stem allows the flower straw to pull up two different colors of water to two different parts of the flower through capillary action.
Within an hour, you will start to see the leaves are turning the color of the water they were resting in.
Look how stunning this flower looks after drinking blue colored water all day. Cool right? This is such a fun way to teach kids about capillary action!
Look how cool the flowers look when you split you stem and make bicolor flowers. Super cool, right! If you look carefully the area between the yellow and the blue looks a little green. There is some color mixing taking place as well in this dying flowers.
Some of our flowers didn’t color exactly symmetrically, but then again, we probably didn’t cut the stem perfectly even either. I think our coloring flowers came out so cool! Make sure you see all our Kindergarten Science Activities!
Flowers for Kids
- Flower Number Name Puzzles
- Flower Sight Word Mazes
- Make 10 Seeds Activity
- Spin Art Flower Craft
- Sunflower Craft
- Lift the Flap Flower Life Cycle
- Flip Book: Flower Parts
- Flower Unit Study
Science for Kids
Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:
- 100 Amazing Food science experiments for kids – arranged by type of science
- Colorful Capillary action science experiment (also known as walking water)
- Amaze kids with these 12 Hands on Science experiments with batteries
- 24 Epic Solar system science projects to try this week
- Fun Water balloon science experiment that explores density
- 50 Fun Preschool science experiments the whole family will want to try
- Red White and Blue Science Project
- Salt Crystal Hearts
- Egg Density Experiment
- Simple Galaxy science project
- Easy and Fun Dancing Raisins Experiment
- Learn about weather as you find how to make a weather vane
- Eye opening Eye science experiments
- Fizzing Christmas Science Experiment
- Easy-to- make Air pressure science project
- Amazing POP rocks science experiment is one of our all-time favorite science experiments we like to do during the summer are
- Stunning Chromatography Flowers are so pretty you’ll forget it was as science project!
- How to Make a Lava Lamp – super easy and SO cool!
- 30 Simple machines science projects kids will want to try
- Easy, fascinating, and colorful project answering Why do Leaves Change Color Experiment
- Free Printable Animal Classifications for Kids Cootie Catchers
- 19 Edible science experiments – which delicious project will you try first?
- HUGE Free Solar System Unit (coloring pages, hands on science projects, worksheets, and more!)
- Pipe Cleaner Constellation Activity (As seen on Good Housekeeping!)
- Teach kids about conductivity with this fun squishy circuits projects
- Amazing, Heat Sensitive, Color Changing Slime
- Life Cycles for Kids (from penguin to sunflower and spider to turkey we have LOTS of life cycles to explore and learn about)
- Free Animal Habitats sticker Worksheets
- Frost in a Can Experiment
- Month-by-Month Science Experiments for Kids
- EASY, Colorful Oil and Water Science Experiment
- Kids will be amazed as you change colors of white flowers with this Dying Flowers Science Experiment
- This super cool Lego Zipline is fun and simple to make
- Human Body Project
- Check out this super cool look INSIDE a Volcano Project
- Exploding Watermelon – science experiment that explores potential and kinetic energy with a big WOW moment!
- Memorable Life Size Skeletal system science project – includes free printable template
- Find LOTS more Easy Science Experiments for kids of all ages!