This was an activity we did in preparation of our upcoming Nature Adventure. We have been learning about flowers and for this activity we learned about the parts of a flower. First we went to the garden and picked some flowers. These happen to be zinnias. Then using a diagram of the parts of a flower, like this one at enchanted learning, we started to pull apart the flower looking for and identifying each part.
Eventually we realized it would work better if we used a thin piece of wood and then pounded on that.
What we were doing was pounding the pigment out of the flower petals, leaving behind beautiful designs.