1. White carnations, trim ends on a slant once you have them home.
2. Add dye to water in vases.
3. Stir with a spoon, chopstick, or like we used, a wooden skewer.
4. Add flowers.
5. Observe after a few hours, 24 hours, 2 days, etc.
We chose to make a rainbow of flowers. Some colors seemed to ‘take’ better than others. The blue seemed to do the best of all, and be the most pretty, while the plain yellow and red seemed to do nothing. Those ‘mixed’ with yellow (green and orange) seemed to do well at absorbing the yellow and dyeing the flowers with it. It’s best to trim the stems every couple of days for maximum absorption.
This was a learning tool for the 6 year old for our plant studies, and a good review of colors, and explanation of rainbows, light, primary and secondary colors for both kids. I can see how this would be great for a rainbow birthday party, or if your child REALLY has a favorite color, using flowers with dyed water as a centerpiece!