This is an amazingly simple and fun science project for kids and adults alike. It takes very little preparation time and my kids (and I) loved watching it come about!
Here are the supplies needed:
bottle or jar
2 cups boiling water
1/3 cup Borax
You can add more water/borax solution, just be sure you keep the ratio the same: 1/3 cup Borax to every 2 cups water.
#1 I let the kids make whatever shape they wanted with the pipe cleaners. Mine wanted a little help. 🙂
#2 I measured the Borax in the Mason jar and added the boiling hot water. Mix together until the Borax is totally dissolved. Boiling water really makes a difference. Don’t try to use hot water from the tap.
#3 Add food coloring. If you really want a strong color, use colored pipe cleaner as well as food coloring.
#4 Tie a string (choose a string that is about the same color as you want the pipe cleaner or crystals to be) around the pipe cleaner so you can dangle the pipe cleaner in the Borax solution. You will notice I used yellow string…and got a yellow line. Thank goodness for pretty ribbon!
You will want to make sure: 1. that the pipe cleaner doesn’t touch the bottom of the jar; 2. the pipe cleaner is small enough to comfortably fit in the jar without bending. After the crystals have formed, it will be hard! You won’t be able to bend it like you do the pipe cleaner. You have been warned – I only wished someone had warned me! 🙂 The crystals will also form on the bottom of the jar. You won’t ruin your jar, you will just have to soak it after you finish.
Also, the solution cannot be reused. If you want to make more, start over with fresh solution!
Allow to sit in the solution for 3 hours to overnight! Take them out and allow them to dry on paper towels. Done!
The only thing that wasn’t as awesome about this simple, frugal experiment was my photography skills!! The crystals truly are amazing. My little ones called them “diamonds”! Plus, it made me a cool mom for a minute….until daddy got home!
You could do this with any shape – think St. Patrick’s day, Easter, letters, numbers! The crystals are really hard and so they won’t break easily. Hope you enjoy! We were in awe over the simplicity and success of this experiment!
I got this idea off of Pinterest. Club Chica talks about how the science actually works at Club.chicacircle.com. Check it out!