To make dyed flowers, gather some white flowers. My daughter and I went to a local flower shop in our neighborhood and asked which flowers would work best for this experiment and the florist suggested white chrysanthemums. She told us that white carnations and queen anne's lace would work as well.
My florist suggested that I cut the stems on a 45 degree angle to help the colored water travel up the stem more quickly.
My daughter prepare dyed water by adding a few drops of gel food coloring to room temperature water. Sophia prepared blue, red and yellow water, but you could mix the colors to make more variations.
We placed the dyed water and the flowers in a vase.
My daughter watched the flowers constantly at first. Since nothing happened immediately, Sophia began playing and checked-in on them every hour or so. She wondered why the blue showed more quickly than the other colors.
Sophia got out her magnifying glass and made many observations and asked many questions. This experiment supported a great deal of inquiry.
We gave this bouquet to Sophia's grandmother for Mother's Day. Not only did the flowers turn out beautifully, this simple science experiment gave my daughter the chance to discover something completely new while developing scientific thinking. She was so eager to make predictions and asked many questions during her observations.