So much of teaching and parenthood is magic- and seeing life through little eyes makes the “normal” seem even more magical. That’s why I love this Color Changing Flowers STEM activity for kids SO much. It brings science and magic together, and the wonder on my student’s faces is ALWAYS worth the time taken to complete the activity!

– Life Over C's Two photos showing a color changing flowers science experiment for kids.

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Materials for Color Changing Flowers Experiment

  • Jars
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • White Carnations or Daisies

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Why Use Color Changing STEM Activity for Kids

There are a WEALTH of learning opportunities when it comes to STEM in general! For this Color changing STEM Activity, you can choose what standard or learning skill to focus on, based on the age of your students and what you want to highlight. Once you’ve sparked the student’s curiosity, check out the rest of our science experiment collection for more ideas!

STEM Vocabulary: primary colors, secondary colors, absorption, parts of a plant, cellulose fibers, and gravity/pull.

Color Vocabulary: This project multiple colors to show absorption and how a plant can get water to the flower and petals. Then the pigment in the water dyes the white petals of the flower.

Scientific process: Any STEM activity or science experiment in preschool is an opportunity to explore the steps and processes of scientific experimentation! It is the perfect time for students to create questions, form hypotheses, and reflect on the results of the color changing STEM activity experiment for a lesson your students won’t soon forget.

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Before you Begin the Color Changing Flower STEM Activity:

One of the most entertaining, and best ways to engage your students is parts of an taking time to allow students to predict, or make their best guess about what might happen. The first step is to put out all of materials for them to see, and pose the question “Based on what we know about flowers, and the name of the experiment… what do we think we might be doing with these materials today?” Their answers may enlighten you to their misconceptions, and scientific background knowledge. They will almost always spur some great conversations. (And they will probably make you laugh!)

Materials You Will Need for Color Changing Flower STEM Activity:

  • Jars
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • White Carnations or Daisies
– Life Over C's Supplies for making the color changing flowers experiment are laid out on a table.

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Color Changing Flowers

Step One:

Pour your food coloring into the jars you are using. (Clear jars will work best, so students can see which color each jar holds). The more food coloring you use, the deeper the color will be.

– Life Over C's Overhead photo showing different colors of food coloring in glass jars.

Step Two:

Add a similar amount of water into each jar or cup and stir in the food coloring. Then add your white carnation or daisy into the cups.

Teacher Tip: Be sure to cut each carnation or daisy to a size that is tall enough to be seen over the top of the cup, but not so long that is doesn’t sit deep in the water.

– Life Over C's Six jars with colored water and white flowers inside of them are sitting on a counter.

Step Three:

Sit and watch as the now colored water comes up into the white of your carnations or daisies!

– Life Over C's White flowers are starting to change color because of sitting in colored water.

Yay! You did it. What Now?

This activity is a great one to photograph before and after images of the daisies to show how differently they look with just the addition of color to the water!

Ways to Adapt/Modify/Differentiate The Color Changing Flower STEM

  • Explore Color– This is a great time to practice identifying and categorizing colors.
  • Adding in Math: This flower graphing activity ties in flowers, math, and color identification! What more could you ask for to extend this activity?!

More Ways to Explore Using Flowers in the Classroom:

Frequently Asked Questions

These are frequently asked questions about Color Changing Flowers

Do I have to use gel food coloring?

Although we used gel food coloring with great results, liquid food coloring will work too!

Can I use another flowers besides carnations?

Absolutely! Whether you use carnations, daisies or even white roses- as long as the flower petals are white, the experiment will work the same way.

Recapping Color Changing Flowers STEM FOR KIDS

So if you’re looking for an engaging, magical science experiment to do in our classroom— look no further! Be sure to comment what color you want to try to turn your flowers with this color changing flower STEM!

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– Life Over C's Up close photo showing a color changing flowers science experiment for kids.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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