DIY With Kids: Food Coloring Flowers
As well as being quite magical, this classic science experiment demonstrates the way in which travels through a plant in a process known as transpiration.
White long-stemmed flowers such as carnations
Several glass jars
1. Trim the stem of your flower to fit in your glass jar. Next, make a slanted cut at the base of the stem (under running water if possible).
2. Pur warm water into jar until it is 3/4 full. Add food colouring to the water. You need approximately 20-30 drops of food coloring for each half cup of water.
3. Place the flower in the colored water. The petals should start to take on the color after a few hours. Best results are achieved after 24-48 hours.
Hints and Tips
You can create an amazing bi-colored flower by slitting the stem of your flower up the middle and putting each side into a separate jar of colored water.
Eco- Friendly Crafting With Kids by Kate Lilley. Ryland Peters & Small,$19.95; www.rylandpeters.com
Photo credit: Photography by Carolyn Barber