Fun for Kids with Food Dye and Flowers!

If you’re like most parents and grandparents, at this point in the novel coronavirus pandemic, you’re likely looking for something (anything) to keep your kids occupied while they’re at home during the evenings and weekends. Here’s a fun activity you can do with your kids. You might even trick them into learning a little something!

It’s time to learn how to dye flowers in San Francisco, CA.

Step 1: Get the right ingredients

The first thing to do is to get a variety of different food coloring. Pick your child’s (or children’s) favorite color, plus a few more to mix it up. Then, stop by a local florist like The Delicate Daisy – House of Flowers to pick up an assortment of white flowers. White carnations tend to work best, but the experiment can be fun regardless of what you choose. Lastly, get enough disposable clear plastic cups (one for every food color you purchased).

Step 2: Set up the project

Find an area of your house that can remain untouched for a few days. Put down your cups and fill each of them one third of the way with water. Drip 15 to 20 drops of food coloring into each cup. Finish by putting at least one flower into each cup (two or three works, too). Be sure to take some pictures of the setup and initial experiment.

Step 3: Give them time to sit

The process of dyeing the flowers will take some time (at least a few hours, but most likely overnight). In the meantime, you can explain to the kids how to dye flowers in San Francisco, CA. The open stem of the plant is soaking up moisture and nutrients from the water in which it’s submerged. That means taking in aspects of the food coloring along with those nutrients.

Step 4: Record the results!

Over the next few days, keep coming back to the flowers and taking new pictures to chart the change. You should also be sure to get your children involved in the observation. Ask them to point out changes they’ve seen in the flowers on both the petals and the stems. Make sure they are as specific as possible. You should also consider having them write down their reflections. This can be an excellent way for them to simultaneously practice their STEM skills and language arts skills.

Let our florists help

If you want to know more about how to dye flowers with your kids in San Francisco, CA, make sure to visit The Delicate Daisy – House of Flowers. We have more than 80 years of experience serving members of our community. Housed in our beautiful Richmond District location, The Delicate Daisy is home to a rotating assortment of beautiful flowers and plants hand-chosen by in-house artisan Roxane Rockwell. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got it. Our flowers, plants and arrangements are perfect for weddings, funerals, birthdays or even a little at-home experimentation.

Stop by or give us a call today. The Delicate Daisy – House of Flowers is ready and waiting to help you!

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