Colorful carnation is an easy indoor activity that teaches kids how cut flowers stay beautiful. Do flowers ever get thirsty? In this project, you can actually watch a flower "drink" water.
What You'll Need:
- White Carnation
- Scissors or Knife
- Two Glasses
- Red and Blue Food Coloring
Step One: Get a white carnation with a long stem. Cut the carnation's stem lengthwise, from the bottom to about halfway up to the flower.
Step Two: Now fill two glasses with water. Use food coloring to color the water in one of the glasses dark red. Color the water in the other glass dark blue.
Step Three: Put the glasses right next to each other. Put one half of the carnation stem into each glass.
Step Four: Check the carnation a day later, and two days later. Can you tell that the carnation has been drinking the water? You'll notice that the water travels up the tubes into the stem to reach the other parts of the plant.