Science: Painting With Flowers

We’re in the middle of taking a few weeks off from school which means we haven’t done any science experiments for a while. So, I thought I’d post an activity we did in August of last year…

We were studying flowers at the time (a popular subject in our house) and I decided it would be fun to try and “paint” with flowers.

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First, we went into our garden and collected flowers of various colors. Then we picked the petals off and put them in ziplock bags according to color.

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After bagging the flowers, I added a bit of water, and let the kids smash them with rolling pins. When the flowers were smashed up, we used a paint brush and dipped it in the colored water to “paint” with.

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The results were a bit disappointing. We ended up with a couple pale yellow splotches and a grey splotch. We didn’t even paint with the pink because it didn’t turn out. To try and remedy the less than stellar experiment, I suggested we try another way of using the flower to “paint” with.

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This time, we took petals and leaves and rubbed them directly onto paper. We turned it into a bit of a game and before rubbing the flower, we would guess what color it might make.

Sometimes experiments don’t turn out quite how I imagine they will, but honestly, I don’t want to bother testing it out before I let the kids do it. Overall, the kids loved doing it and it was a perfect project for smaller kids.

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