Blooming Paper Flowers2

An impressive demonstration to instill in your child a love of science

Blooming Paper Flowers – In this activity, children witness the capillary action, which explains why the petals can unfold. Paper is made of wood with many tiny tubes called fibers. When wet and absorbing water, the folded fibers expand and try to stretch back into place, causing the petals to unfold. This activity has been proven to get a lot of attention from the children at schools. Let’s do it.

What you’ll need

  • Scissors
  • Water Tray

How to Set Up

  1. Print the Chanafavors printable file, cut out the flowers.
  2. Prepare a water tray.

How to play

  1. Show your children how to fold each petal inward and have them do it.
  2. Gently place the paper flower in a water tray with the petals facing up. Notice how miraculously it blooms.


Adult supervision is required for any activity presented by CHANA and Chanafavors.

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