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Weekend Activity: Flower Power Magic

It is important to keep young inquisitive minds stimulated and to encourage their growth with the natural world around them, which is why we love to share great weekend children’s activity ideas inspired by our school residential trips to continue the learning and exploration. 

This weekend our children’s activity is one we have nicknamed ‘Flower Power Magic’ and is all about getting colourfully creative with the flora by creating different coloured flowers with colour dye.

We know that flowers come in many different colours already, but how fabulous would it be if children could change the petals to any colour they wanted? You don’t often see a bright red daisy or a blue rose! We bring to you a great spring time experiment that makes this possible. It is the perfect opportunity to not only get creative but also teach the children about various types of flowers and seasonality.

Follow our simple instructions and the children will be able to create a magical multi-coloured bouquet that will delight all!

What You’ll Need

Fresh White Flowers 
Large daisies, roses or carnations work wonderfully. It’s better to use fresh flowers rather than wilted flowers as wilted ones may not absorb the colours as well

Food Colouring
Plenty of different colours – blue, red, purple, pink and orange would be great starter colours and are easily found at the supermarket

Selection of Clear Glass Vases
Simple, clear vases will showcase the colours the best, if you don’t have any vases to hand, an empty glass milk bottle will also look great!

Warm Water
Fill a large empty bottle with warm water; ensuring everything is immediately on hand to work your magic

Newspaper 
The obvious, the failsafe tablecloth for arts and crafts activities – don’t forget to cover the table incase of any spillages!

Scissors
These are simply for cutting the flower stems

What To Do: 

 STEP 1: Cut the Stems 
Cut the stems of each flower, at a slight angle. This insures that the stalk isn’t too long and doesn’t sit completely flat on the bottom of the glass

 STEP 2: Fill each Vase with Water
Fill each vase with 1/2 a cup (118ml) of warm water, if it’s a small vase, you can always reduce the water and food colouring to ratio

STEP 3: Add the Food Colouring
If you have used 1/2 (118ml) a cup of water in each vase, add 25 drops of food colouring; a different colour to each vase and reducing if the water levels are reduced

STEP 4: Add the Flowers
Simply drop each stem into your vase of choice, depending on which colour you would like the petals to turn. The coloured water will then feed the stem of the flower which in time will change the colour of the petals.

 STEP 5: Sit Back & Wait
The hardest step of them all – as you have to wait for the stem to absorb the water this can take some time, depending on the type of flower.  The petals could absorb the coloured water within hours or it might take a few days!

Don’t worry, the food dye doesn’t harm the flower in any way; you are still feeding it and keeping it healthy by giving it water, you are simply changing the colour of the water absorbed by the stem.

Whilst we don’t do this children’s activity on our school residential trips, it is inspired by our ‘Nature Trail’ activity and the encouragement we provide children to connect with nature. We believe it is ever important to find place for these creativity activities at home and develop ways of entertainment and enjoyment away from the screens!

As ever, we will be enjoy sharing regular weekend activity ideas to encourage fun learning outside of the classroom, so check back soon for the next activity and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date!