This craft is perfect for Spring! And it only requires a few materials. This blooming flowers craft is great for doing outdoors in nature. You’ll love watching these beautiful flowers bloom before your eyes!
Not only is this a fun craft but it’s also a fun science experient about capilarry action.
What is Capillary Action? Capillary Action is the impromptu flow of any liquid into a narrow space. Learn more about Capillary Action here.
See below to discover how you can make this blooming flower craft at home and the science behind it!
Cut circles into a paper. You can cut different sizes of circles to create different sized flowers.
Fold the circles in half 3 times.
Once you have folded your circle, cut a rounded triangle into bottom of your folded paper to create the petals. You can create different shaped petals depending on how deep and wide you cut.
Next, make a crease halfway through the folded paper and then open the paper up.
After this, colour in the flowers however you’d like. When you’re finished colouring, fold the petals along the crease so that the flower is closed.
Lastly, you’ll want to fill a tub or large bowl with water and gently place the flowers on top of the water. After a few seconds, you’ll beging to see the flowers bloom. Watch in wonder until all flowers have bloomed.
Why do the flowers bloom once in water? The Science!
Paper is made from wood fibers. This means that paper contains many small pockets. When you place the flower in the water, these pockets absorb the water through capillary action. As the pockets fill with water, the paper begins to swell and forces the blooming flowers to open.
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