I have been waiting to do this Crayola STEAM Paper Flower Science Kit Review for months. When I watched the videos of the toys due out for the 2020 Holiday Season the Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit caught my eye immediately. I loved the idea of it- combining science principles with art. After years of cheap electronics that wouldn’t amuse kids very long, slime in various forms and games involving poop a crafty gift that involves science seemed ideal.
I want to be clear- I am not cool enough for Crayola to have paid me for this. This is ALL ME.
However since I’m not an optimist I figured there must be something wrong with it. After six months waiting for the release date it was finally available and I grabbed it to try with my 8 year old niece. If anyone is NOT going to be impressed it will be her. She is a tough critic.
So on a Saturday morning C came over and we broke into the Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit. Inside we found everything we needed to make 12 beautiful flowers except water. Before our crafting morning I had gone to Dollar Tree to grab some small vases to display the flowers in when we were finished. Otherwise everything you need is in the box.
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Crayola STEAM Paper Flower Science Kit Review
The first thing you have to do is punch out the flower petals. There are 48 of them and we were able to punch out several sheets at a time so it was a pretty quick process. You do need to be careful though- if these are destroyed you won’t be able to make 12 flowers with four petals each. There is a nice variety of shapes and sizes included so you have many options when you design your flowers.
Once this was done we looked at the directions. They are in the SMALLEST FONT KNOWN TO MAN. As I squinted at the pictures I made some guesses as to what the directions were and I chose wrong so we ended up losing two flowers (RIP potential flowers). After a re-examination we were on our way to creating our first flowers.
While we were putting them together we were able to talk about the different parts of flowers. Once finished you put them in the mini flower pots provided and pull out the color guide. Each color combination involves 20 drops from the provided bottles so we also snuck in a little math. We each picked our color, put in our twenty drops and used the special watering can to add the water.
Once you add the water the colors begin working their way up to the petals through the steam (which they call a core). Then from the top you can watch the color spread through.
Once we had our first two done and felt confident about the process we decided to REALLY start experimenting. Included in the kit is a white crayon and several markers. We began coloring petals to see what would happen. We started adding extra colors to the water to see if we could get a tie-dye effect.
The only limits to what we could do were the limits we set on it. C was very creative. I was more interested in what would happen with the markers then the water.
Check out some of our creations:
Those little lines on the edge of the inside petals were originally right around the middle. As the water came in it moved the ink to the edge of the pedals. It was very cool to watch.
I added blue to water after a bit to get this two layered look.
Here are our final ten flowers from a variety of techniques!
We had a GREAT two hours making flowers and learning some science!
Where to Buy the Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit
I anticipate that we are going to see this product in most retailers since Crayola is carried in such a wide variety of places. Recommended manufacturer’s price is $19.99. At time of publication it has been out for under a week:
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Looks like fun! Suggestion for fine print, take a picture of it with your iPad or phone, then enlarge it. Easy with a touch screen!
Nope. Which I was kind of surprised about.
Charlene Dubbels says
Good morning. Does the kit explain any of the science?