We adore science activities!
Whether it’s a unique twist on a baking soda and vinegar experiment or making our own erupting cupcakes, we love playing and learning with science experiments for kids. After a quick nature walk, we used our flower collection to learn about pigmentation.
And, we learned about how much my daughter loves to use a hammer….
I’ve wanted to this science experiment for years.
After seeing a gorgeous cloth displayed in a preschool classroom, I knew that this would add to our list of fun science experiments for kids. But, it’s been years, and I still haven’t found the perfect cloth…so, I was thrilled when I realized that we had something in our kitchen that we could use instead.
Materials for Flower Science Experiment
- Paper Towels
- Aluminum Foil
Conducting Flower Science Experiments for Kids
We put down some aluminum foil and then layered our flowers on top. Next, we covered the flowers with a paper towel.
Then, start hammering!
As soon as my daughter began hammering, we saw the pigment from the flowers seep through onto the paper towel. The yellow was the largest flower and had the boldest result.
Learning during Flower Science Experiment
- Explain pigment (the substance that can be extracted from each flower which is used to make paints, dye, etc.)
- Correspond colors on the paper towel with the flowers underneath – which match?
- Hammer at different variations to see what happens to the colors – what happens if you hit lightly versus hitting harder?
- Vocabulary words: pigment, absorb, extract, darker/lighter, parts of the flower (petal, leaves, stem)
While we loved seeing our paper towel absorb the pigment, my daughter and I agreed that the smashed flowers underneath created a gorgeous piece of art, too!
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This is so cool!! My son would love it if for no other reason than he would get to hammer things lol! Pinning so that we remember to try it out in a few weeks once we start getting some flowers!
Thanks so much, Amber! I’m not going to lie, the hammering is sooo much fun and I love that it’s all in the name of science!!