Want to amaze your kids while also teaching them a science lesson? In part 2 of our preschool botany lessons series, I am sharing how we dyed flowers three different shades of colors in order to teach a lesson about how plants take up water from the ground.
Note: For more botany lessons for kids of all ages, see my botany unit study page.
I purchased three white carnations from a local florist and put them into three different colors of water (dyed with our Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paints).
By the next day, they had already started to turn shades of color, although the blue was by far the most pronounced.
The colors continued to deepen for several days.
When I showed the colored flowers to the kids, we talked about where the colors came from. They correctly guessed that the color in the petals had come from the water below, and we discuss how the water comes up the stem to reach the petals.
More botany resources for kids
More botany posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Teaching kids where food comes from
- The basics about plants
- Dissecting flowers
- Vegetable people craft
- Sprouting seeds
- Do seeds need light to grow?
- How leaves breathe
- How leaves get water
- Why do leaves change colors?
- Gardening do-a-dot printables
- Leaf rubbings book