Miss E helped me pick off the petals.
She ground them up with her mini mortar and pestle.
We added hot water.
She stirred it up.
We strained out the petals.
We were excited because we had a bowl each of yellow and pink water.
Miss E started painting, and right away I could see that our technique hadn't worked. There was only a slight tint of the colors barely noticeable. Ela's creation was a glistening sheet of paper.
I lamented to Miss E that we weren't able to make the watercolors and asked if she wanted me to get out her store bought set of water colors. She replied that she liked painting with these colors, and she was having fun. Rather than use up more paper for invisible paint, I suggested we paint the patio, and she heartily agreed. She enjoyed playing with the tinted water outside. I found this interesting because she has never enjoyed painting outside with plain water.
While I felt disappointed, that I wasn't able to make a true water color paint, this activity was a success for our daughter. She was able to see that sometimes when we experiment, the result isn't what we expected. This reminded me that the process of invention is just as important as the outcome with children because they take pleasure in the work along the way. Once young children finish a project, they often don't pay attention to the product spending mere seconds to glance at it, but they were engaged throughout it's creation.
While we might experiment with this again, I took the liberty of including links to sites showing how to make watercolors at home.
All Natural Watercolors
Watercolor Paint with Food Coloring
Watercolor with Herbal Tea
Watercolor with Dirt