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The Simple, Magical Color-Changing Carnation Experiment

Science! Right before your very eyes.

Nick Jr. Coloring Changing Flower Experiment

You know what they say — you are what you eat. Same goes for flowers. Try this simple experiment and observe everything from stems to leaves to deep blooms for changes as the carnations drink water over the course of a few days.

Here’s how to get started.

Materials:

  • White carnations
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Vases (1 color per vase)

Instructions:

Step 1: Fill each glass or vase ¾ of the way with water. 

Step 2: Add several drops of food coloring to each vase. The more color, the better. 

Nick Jr. Coloring Changing Flower Experiment

Step 3: Place one carnation in each glass and observe what happens over the next few hours and days.

Nick Jr. Coloring Changing Flower Experiment

Step 4: Notice if one color seems to travel fastest to the petals. 

Nick Jr. Coloring Changing Flower Experiment

Watch the magic happen right before your eyes!

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