How to Press Flowers

First Grade Science Activities: How to Press Flowers

What You Need:

  • Heavy books
  • Flowers
  • Wax paper

What You Do:

  1. Have your child open the heavy book and flip to a page near the middle.
  2. Let her line one page with wax paper.
  3. Help her arrange her flowers on the wax paper. Make sure she avoids layering any of the flower parts.
  4. Have her place an additional piece of wax paper over the flowers.
  5. Show her how to gently shut the book over the flowers sandwiched between the two sheets of wax paper.
  6. Pressed flowers need a lot of weight on top of them. Let your child stack at least two more heavy books on the first book.
  7. Now for the hard part -- waiting! Have her leave the flowers in the books for three days.
  8. When it's time to remove the flowers, help your child slowly open the book.
  9. Show her how to slip the flowers out of the wax paper. They should be dry and completely flat.
  10. How does she want to display her beautiful creation? Help her glue her flowers on anything from a frame to a homemade card!

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