Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Making blooming flowers is a fun and simple science experiment to try in the spring and summer time! Only a few basic household items are needed. This activity is great for school age children! They are able form an hypothesis about what they think will happen. Also they are in control and can decide to test out different materials to see what will happen! Making the flowers will allow for them to get creative! This blooming flower experiment will be fun to watch what happens to your flowers when they are placed in water! Will the flowers bloom or will they stay closed?
What you will need:
Markers/ Crayons/ Colored pencils
Cardstock/ copy paper
Step 1: First you will need to gather all the materials that are needed to try out this experiment. You will want to find a bowl that is wide enough for the flower you make to have room to open/bloom. Fill your bowl with water from the sink about a quarter of the way full. Now that your bowl has water you can place that aside for later.
Step 2: Now that everything is ready you are going to make a prediction which is also called an hypothesis in science on which material flower you think will open when placed in the bowl of water. Will it be the cardstock, aluminum foil, or tissue paper flower?
Step 3: Next you are going to draw the outline of a flower on the cardstock paper. You can draw your flower to have as many petals as you would like. You will also want to draw a small circle in the middle of the flower. Once your flower is drawn out you can decorate your flower however you would like. Now you are going to take your scissors and cut around the outline of the flower.
Step 4: Then you are going to take some aluminum foil and draw the outline of a flower. It is helpful to use a black marker when drawing the outline of the flower out on the aluminum foil. Your flower can be any size you would like it to be. Once your flower is drawn out you can decorate your flower. After you decorate your flower you can cut around the outline of the flower.
Step 5: Now for your last flower you are going to take some tissue paper and draw the outline of a flower. Once your flower is drawn out you are ready to decorate your flower. After you decorate your flower you can cut around the outline of the flower.
Step 6: Next you are ready to start folding each of the petals. To fold the flowers you just made you are going to take the outer edge of each petal and bring it to the middle of the flower and make a fold. You will want the fold to not be very deep or the flower will have a hard time trying to open.
Step 7: Lastly, you are going to place each flower in the bowl of water. You can place them one by one or all in the bowl at the same time. Watch what will happen to the flowers when they are placed in the water. Which flowers opened/bloomed when they were placed in the bowl of water? Was your hypothesis or prediction right or wrong?
~Made by Brittani