Crystal Snowflakes!

I mentioned our Borax snowflakes yesterday so i thought that i would share today how we make these beautiful crystally wonders. Last year was the first time that I had tried these little beauties out. They are now filling Pinterest pages and are certainly worth a try. I was skeptical at first but can truly say watching these crystals form is nothing short of magical. Plus its a great science experience, playing with the amount of Borax will yield different results in the speed that the crystals form as well as the size or amount of crystals.

Start with pipe cleaners, cut into thirds and twist together to make a snowflake. For younger children I would suggest pre-making the snowflakes  (it was too hard for my 3 year olds).

Next boil water them pour it into a big glass jar (make sure the mouth is wide enough for your snowflake to fit in and out with ease, when it crystalizes it won’t bend much.)

Pour a generous amount of borax in to the jar and let the kids stir, keep adding borax until the mixture is on the verge of being cloudy.

Drop your snowflake in hanging from a string attached to a pencil so that it doesn’t touch the bottom of the jar.

Now just wait and watch, we checked on them every couple of hours to see if the crystals were forming. The boys got so excited when we could start to see them. 🙂DSCN1380 DSCN1379 DSCN1378 DSCN1377

DSCN1381IMG_0041YYou can reuse the borax water when you’re done too, just break up the crystals, reheat in the microwave and add a bit more borax.

 

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