How the Stem Works by Dyeing Flowers

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I am so happy to share that we finally get to dye our flowers successfully! Meaning, ALL of the colors were visible unlike before wherein only a few of the colors took effect (red and yellow).    I’ve been wondering on how we can successfully color our flowers, with 100% coverage and we finally did it this time!  By the way, we worked on this activity because I was demonstrating to Vito the function of the stem in a plant. 

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PREPARE YOUR MATERIALS

So easy! You must have white flowers, coloring liquid or food coloring, small containers or vase (preferably transparent), jug of water and scissor.

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PREPARE THE VASE

We prepared 6 glasses for our flowers to accommodate our red, yellow, orange, blue, green and purple flowers.  This activity is perfect for pre-schoolers, they can hone their skills in pouring and cutting if you let them do the work (adult supervision is highly recommended).

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FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

Measure the size of your flower in accordance to your vase and make a mark on the stem.  If your child knows how to use the scissor, then instruct him/her to cut the flowers using the marks.  Vito enjoyed this activity too!  He just loves cutting!  You can also trim/cut the leaves if needed.

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OBSERVE

Once you placed all your flowers in the glasses or vase, encourage your kids to observe.  Now, it’ll take hours before you see some colors on the flowers, so just keep on checking regularly.  Like in our experience, we were able to see some colors on the flowers on the next day, but they were very very light and he we can’t even see the blue and green colors in the flowers.  So with the kids observing, I told them that we should try diluting the water with food coloring to see if this affects the visibility of the colors in the flowers.  And we were not disappointed! On the second day, all flowers were now in vivid colors of red, green, yellow, orange, blue and purple! 

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They looked gorgeous!  And Vito immediately recognized the rainbow colors in them, so he hurriedly took out his Montessori color tablet and matched the colors.

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And so I come to the conclusion that in order to effectively color the flowers, we must add a large amount of food coloring into our water mixture.  Unlike our previous flower dyeing activity wherein I only put 2-3 drops of food color, thus the effects were unsatisfactory.

What about you? Have you done this before?  Any tips you might want to share to us as well?  I would love to hear from you Open-mouthed smile 

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