A science project that is simple and easy for the kids to do by themselves or with a little help is color dying flowers.
Have the materials:
- White carnations (you can usually get them from a grocery store floral department in a bunch)
- vases or tall glasses
- food dye
- Fill the vases or glasses with water, one for every flower.
- Drop one drop of green dye in a vase, drop 2 drops of green dye into another vase, 3 drops of green dye into the next vase. Continue this for all the colors you plan to use. Label the vases 1 drop, 2 drops and 3 drops.
- Hold the carnation stems under the water as they are cut.
- Put one flower in each vase.
- Check the flowers in 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours…the longer the flowers are in the dye the darker they will be.
Older kids can keep a science journal. Explain the scientific methods if your child does not know them.
- Make an observation – Encourage the kids to observe the materials and ask questions about the project. What kind of flowers will be used? How will they change colors? How long will it take for the flowers to change colors? Write it down!
- Do some research (print out the information in advance) – Find the answers to your questions. Write it down!
- Form a hypothesis – Turn your questions into answers. It does not matter if your hypothesis is right or wrong.
- Test your hypothesis – This is when the experiment happens. Test several different flowers. Add 1 drop to a vase, 2 drops to a vase, 3 drops to a vase….
- Draw conclusion – The final step is gathering the information from the test. How did each flower look? Did one look darker than the others? Was your hypothesis correct, close or way off?
This is a great way to have fun and learn with your kids this summer!
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