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Changing Color

Activity that shows how water travels through flowers

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • You will need a small glass/vase of water, food coloring, and a white carnation
  • Fill 3/4 of the glass with water
  • Let child squirt at least 20 squirts of one color of food coloring (blue and red are  favorites) into the water.  Make sure the water has a deep tint of the color.
  • Cut the stem of the carnation diagonally and place in the water
  • Ask child if they think anything will happen to the white carnation
  • The color will go up the stem and color the flower.  It could take up to 24 hours but check every few hours.
  • Review with a child that the stem of a flower “drinks” the water. The color of the water that shows in the flower illustrates that the water is traveling through the stem all the way to the flower.


There are many different types of flowers, however they all have four basic parts; the petals, the sepals, the carpel and the stamen. 

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  • small glass or vase filled with water
  • food coloring
  • white carnation flower
  • adult scissors/knife

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - White
  • Number - Eight, 8
  • Alphabet Letters - W, N
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Self-Control
  • Target Words - Good-night, Sweet, Sour, Next

Monthly Proverb

Dutch - A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains

Did You Know?

" Approximately two-thirds of parents surveyed would like information about ways to support children’s early reading and school readiness skills, ways to help children’s social-emotional development and how to use positive discipline." Washington Early Learning System

Books to Read

"Black and White Rabbit’s ABC"
by Alan Baker (Activity 9)

"Goodnight Moon"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 14) (audio book available)

"Cars and Trucks and Things that Go"
by Richard Scarry (Activity 26)

Music Playlist

"Alphabet Medley"
by Sharon, Lois & Bram Album: Sing A to Z (Activity 1)

12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Mozart"
by George Szell; Cleveland Orchestra Album: Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 467 & 537; Variations K.265 (Activity 20)

"10 Crunchy Carrots"
by Charlotte Diamond Album: 10 Carrot Diamond (Activity 6)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Singing Time

(Activity 23 Month 10)

I wake up in the morning early 

And always the very first thing  

I poke up my head and I sit up in bed 

And I sing and I sing, and I sing.

 (This poem was memorized and recited each morning in our family.  Use this poem or find your own for your wake-up routine.)