This is part of a great series for young scientists, which also includes subtopics such as pollination and photosynthesis. That leads us right into...
Put different colors of food coloring in glasses of water, and put a flower in each glass (you may want to give the ends a tiny trim first). Watch over the next few hours to see the petals change colors.
one in a steamy bathroom, and one in a dry area or window, for example.
|Or next to the fireplace!|
Do they change at the same rate? (Our refrigerator flowers changed faster, which surprised me. The green went fastest, red slowest. We are going to try to look at the water and petals through a microscope later.)
Are there other places you can brighten with flowers, besides your own home? Some suggestions: the home of someone who can't do their own gardening, a nursing home, school, library, nonprofit business. Or follow this young man's example, and sow in secret!
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row.
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