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Beautiful Chromatography Flowers Science Project for Kids

Learn how to make these beautiful chromatography flowers using coffee filters and markers. This flower chromatography is both a fun flower craftsAND a simple science experiments for kids that explores colors while making pretty craft flowers for spring and summer.  This STEAM project is the perfect spring activity for toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders plus a great way to explore chromatography for kids.

Learn how to make these beautiful chromatography flowers using coffee filters and markers. This flower chromatography is both a fun flower craftsAND a simple science experiments for kids that explores colors while making pretty craft flowers for spring and summer.  This STEAM project is the perfect spring activity for toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders plus a great way to explore chromatography for kids.

Chromatography flowers

Spring is almost here and one of our favorite parts of spring is when all the beautiful and colorful flowers start blooming. I just love all the beautiful colors and varieties of flowers! From roses to peony, tulips and daffodils to petunias – there are so many different looking flowers! Botanists estimate there are more than 10,000 species or types of flowers in the world today!¬† That’s a whole lot of variety that come in different colors, patterns, and scents too! So we we began exploring chromatography in our science lesson this spring and we decided to make beautiful flower crafts for kidschromatography flowers to be exact!¬† Use this spring activities for preschoolers science or with toddlers, kindergarteners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5 students. This¬†chromatography flower experiment¬†even makes a clever, pretty hand-made Mothers Day craft.¬† As this project is both spring science and spring craft ideas, it is called a STEAM project for kids!

Chromatography for Kids

Kids love mixing colors and learning how to combine colors to discover amazing new results. Have you or your child ever wondered about separating colors or¬† pulling colors apart to see what colors came together to create that color. You can’t separate your child’s paint colors, but through a special scientific process called chromatography, you can split colors into their original hues.¬†This simple chromatography project¬†is a great way to explore that concept with preschoolers, prek, kindergarteners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students as part of an art project or cool science project for kids.

learn what is chromatography with this fun, hands on science project for kids from toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergartners, first grader, and 2nd graders too

Chromatography flowers experiment

Colors are made up of many different molecules that mix together to create the single color registered by our eyes. But through the process of paper chromatography we can separate the different colors of pigments so our eyes register all the colors that mixed together. So, as the water travels it separates the colors.. Different molecules move across paper at different rates. As a result, components of the first color separate allowing us to see the colors that created it.

Note: You will need to use secondary or tertiary colors for this to work. This can be a great way to teach how we have these different categories of colors and why.

the spring flower craft supplies you will need are washable markers or high pigment felt pens, green craft sticks, water, and coffee filters

Flower chromatography

Looking to try this beautiful flower crafts for kids, spring science experiment? Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Coffee Filters
  • Water
  • Washable Markers (or water soluble)in secondary and tertiary colors (try felt tip pens and these watercolor marker )
  • Small syringes (think of the type that come with baby medication) or pipettes
  • Plates or a plastic table cloth are recommended to protect your table
  • Pipe cleaners in green
draw a circle half way down on the coffee filter with your water based marker to make this easy chromatography experiment

Chromatography flower experiment

Flatten out some coffee filters. Then create a circle or simple line design in the middle using any secondary or tertiary color you wish. Try this with all the colors you can get your hands on: red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, black, brown, and every variations. I suggest trying both dark green and light green and noting what colors make these shades different.  Also, see how we made half the circle with a turquoise color and the other half with lime green?

Add about 0.5 mL of water to the center of your coffee filter. Watch to see what happens!

Fun Science Experiments for Kids that explores chromatography with a flower craft

Chromatography flower

Your colors should start spreading and separating as the water travels along the filter. If you want your color to spread a little farther, add another drop or two of water.¬†Another option is to fold your¬† coffee filters and stick them in a glass with about an inch of water – with this method you don’t need a dropper.

Let the filters dry completely so you are ready to make this spring activity.  Now is a great time to explore what colors came out of the ones you started with.

twist the brightly colored filter to make a coffee filter flowers

Chromatography experiment for kids

Once the filter papers are completely dry, bundle them into flower like shapes and twist at the bottom.

beautiful chromatography flower made from coffee filter, green chenille stick, water soluble ink markers, and STEAM

Isn’t it amazing how you can make these beautiful flowers with science?

Chromatography flowers step by step

Now attach the green pipe cleaners (also known as chenille sticks) to the bottom of the coffee filter flower by twisting it around the funnel shaped part to create the stems.

make a whole bouquet of amazing chromatography stem project using Paper Chromatography

How to make chromatography flowers

You’ve just created a beautiful spring bouquet of many¬†chromatography flower¬†with science and a little art. Keep them for yourself or gift them as a wonderful spring present, perhaps for Mother’s Day!

Flower Science Project

Chromatography Art Project

Kids of all ages will be amazed at the different shades of colors that magically appear as the colors separate in this fun Flower Science Project.

stunning, beautiful Chromatography Flowers science project and art project mixed together

You can create a this beautiful Flower STEM project!

Coffee filter experiment

This is such a fun project for parents to make with their kid at home.

This beautiful butterfly craft for kids helpds kids explore science by making stunning chromatography butterflies! This easy butterfly craft is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Besides creating a fun butterfly craft idea, you will learn about chromatography for kids. This is a fun coffee fitler craft, spring science experiment or summer activity for kids! Why do leaves Change Colors permanent marker experiment Looking for cute and fun-to-make Christmas or winter craft ideas? You will love this colorful snowflake craft for kids that uses chromatography to create stunning diy snowflake decorations for December and January! These arts and crafts snowflakes are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and up to make. You've got to try these winter craft ideas!

Chromatography Science

Explore this fun science concept more with these chromatography projects:

So many super cute flower crafts for kids using various different pasta noodles. These pasta crafts make beautiful and creative flower art for kids. We have so many flower craft ideas for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and more to make as summer crafts for kids. From bowtie hibiscus to penne sunflowers,  orecchiette pasta gladiolus to rotini asters, stellini hyacinth to castelane tulips - we have so many fun, easy flower crafts. Beautiful summer craft for kids using flowers Easy Lacing flower craft and art project for kids with free templates Make a pretty blooming hyacinth craft to celebrate the arrival of spring. This clever flower craft uses gift bows to make this EASY project!

Flower Crafts

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Spring Alphabet Printables

This super cute, handson digraph activity is a fun way for early readers to identify digraphs for kids! In these flower digraph games students will make flowers by matching the petals to the digraph. This digraph kindergarten is way better than boring digraph worksheets! Simply print pdf file with  digraph activities for first grade.  Spring Digraph Puzzles flower sight-word-mazes FREE Spring Short I Puzzles - this is such a fun way for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids to practice short i words while improving early literacy skills with a fun activity #shorti #kindergarten #literacy

Spring Language Arts

Caterpillar CVC Words Printable Activity free printable spring bubble word family games Planting Carrots CVC Activity for Kindergarten Make practicing Dolch sight words fun with this frog themed Printable Sight Word Games. This sight word board games uses grade 2 sight words to make a fun 2nd grade sight words game. This sight word games works great independently or with a group of kids to make learning sight words fun for grade 1 children! Simply print pdf file with free printable sight word games and you are ready to play and learn with this free sight word games perfect for your next frog theme or spring theme!

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Spring Math Activities

Flower Shape Playdough Mats for preschool and kindergarten age kids Free Make 10 Seeds Activity I Spy Farm Animals Printable

Spring Math Activity

bingo marker spring worksheets  FREE Fruit Loop Color Matching Umbrellas Celebrate the first day of spring by printing out one of these super cute, FREE Printable Bookmarks. These are such an easy way to get kids excited about reading! Kids will be come confident in their artist abilities as they work through these easy, free printable, SPRING Step by Step Drawings for Kids. These are perfect for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. The drawing worksheets include how to draw a bee, bird, birdhouse, flower, tulip, butterfly, caterpillar, ladybug, nest, and umbrella.

Spring Printables

 This beautiful butterfly craft for kids helpds kids explore science by making stunning chromatography butterflies! This easy butterfly craft is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Besides creating a fun butterfly craft idea, you will learn about chromatography for kids. This is a fun coffee fitler craft, spring science experiment or summer activity for kids! Teach electricity for kids with this fun lemon clock project. In this lemon electricity experiment children will discover how acidic lemon juic conducts electricity. WOW your children with this lemon experiment is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Keep reading to find out how to make a lemon clock at home! Helping children gras the concept of solid liquid gas for kids is tricky - students learn best by seeing and touching and you can't do either with gas. This states of matter for kids project allows you to EASILY introduce  the 3 states of matter for kids using balloons! This solid liquid gas kindergarten, pre-k, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and up is perfect for summer learning, science lesson, and more. WE've also included a wy to turn this into a density experiment for kids as well!Plus don't miss the printable states of matter worksheet pdf to explore the concept further! Even your reluctant learner will get excited to try this easy science experiment where you will product a HUGE erruption! In this classic Mentos and Soda Experiment you will mix a couple simple materials to produce a chemical reaction. This mentos in Coke project is a MUST TRY for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Even adults love trying the coke and mentos experiment. Don't worry, we'll give you the diet coke and mentos experiment results explained so you get all the learning out of this fun summer activity for kids!

Spring Science

These science projects and spring science experiments are perfect for indoor or outdoor!

Plant Life Cycles for kids  parts of a plant flipbook   Here is a fun way to turn a trip to the zoo into a fun, educational sceince field trip! These zoo field trip worksheet will help your kids to explore the zoo more in-depth.  We've included zoo animals worksheet for first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Plus preschool zoo activities including zoo coloring pages perfect for toddler, preschool, and pre-k students. Finally create an animal report where kindergarten and elementary age students can draw animals they see and write down interesting information too. Simply print pdf file with zoo animal printables and you are ready to play and learn!

Spring Science Worksheets

These free science printables are a grea way to learn about the parts of a plant, plant life cycles, animal life cycles, to take along as zoo field trip worksheets, and more!

If you are looking for ideas for cute homemade bird feeders you have come to the right spot. We have LOTS of clever bird feeders to make with kids. From pinecone, milk jug, and suet DIY bird feeder ideas to bird feeder crafts too. These easy bird feeders include lots of projects for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. The hardest part is figuring out which DIY bird feeder for kids to make first! bubble-wrap-rain-craft-for-spring Kids of all ages will have fun making this cheerful Bunny Craft perfect for springtime or as an easter bunny crafts. You will love the clever way this toilet paper roll bunny uses a paper roll in a completely different way than most bunny crafts for preschoolers!  This easter craft for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students.  pasta butterfly craft

Spring Crafts for Preschoolers

Your kids are going to want to try these fun springtime craft projects.

Name printable flower craft We came up this fun twist on spin art paint to make a beautiful flower craft for kids. This spring craft is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. Children will love that this process art project makes a one-of-a-kind design perfect for making pretty flower crafts for prsechoolers. These coffee filter flowers preschool make truly beautiful flower projects for spring!These EASY Mason Jar Lid Crafts are such a fun, beautiful flower summer craft that is fun-to-make and simply stunning! This flower crafts for kids will keep your favorite flowers preserved to enjoy all summer long. Make this mason jar lid suncatcher with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders.  So grab some flowers and start making these crafts using mason jar lids. 

Flower Crafts for Kids

Looking for a fun summer activity for kids? You are going to love blowing colorful snake bubble. This sock bubbles activity is super simple and such an easy summer activity idea for toddlder, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. It takes blowing bakcyard bubles to a new level making long, colorful snakes with a simple technique using a sock and a plastic bottle. You've got to try this bubble snake experiment. Looking for a fun, engaging pasta craft? This pretty stained glass pasta project has so many different possibilities to let your children explore their creativity, create something unique and beautiful, and strengthen coordination with those little hands. In this pasta art you will use dyed pasta to creat a beautiful stained glass craft. This stained glass art for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders.Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply print free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. Homemade Bubble Solution for GIANT Bubbles - simple and amazing diy bubbles recipe for toddler, preschool, and children of all ages for fun summer activities for kids. A must add to your summer bucket list

Spring Activities for Kids

Plant Lesson for Kids

Learn about amazing plants for kids iwith this intersting and fun botany lesson for kids! From fascinating facts about plants for kids, plant worksheets, hands-on plant activities, creative plant experiments, and even tests with answer keys to test what your child has learned, you will love this fun printable science lesson for kids! Use this plant lesson with first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th graders too.

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Fun and EASY chromatography projects for kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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