Back by popular demand, Science Club have been experimenting with ‘Magic Flowers’ this week.

They each cut out either flower or geometric shapes before folding the petals or points of the shape in towards the middle. The paper shapes were then gently placed into a dish of water, where the Students watched their creations unfold, as if the flowers were blooming.

Once the process had been watched for the first-time, ideas were flowing and some of the students realised that writing in the centre of the paper would be a great way to send hidden messages to friends and family.

This activity works because the paper is made up of fibres. When these fibres absorb water, they swell up and the paper expands making the creases flatten out, which in turn makes the flower open.

A time-lapse of Mrs Hammond’s Magic Flowers:

Senior School | 14/01/2020