Friday, June 8, 2012

Growing Borax Crystals

After we got unexpected results with the first experiment we tried with Borax, we jumped right back in the saddle to try another Borax experiment.  This one involved growing crystals.

Growing Crystals with Borax & Water

These were really easy to make, and I had all of the supplies on hand. 

Pipe Cleaner
Fishing line or string
Dowel or pencil
Mason Jar

How to Make Your Own Borax Crystals:
1. Make a shape out of a pipe cleaner
2. Tie one end of fishing line to the pipe cleaner shape and the other end to a dowel.  Lower pipe cleaner into the mason jar and lay the dowel across the top.  Make sure that the pipe cleaner hangs freely inside the jar and does not touch the bottom (or it will stick to the bottom of the jar like one of ours did!).  Remove pipe cleaner and dowel from jar and set aside.
3. Bring a pot of water to a full boil.
4. Carefully pour boiling water into the mason jar, filling about three-quarters full.
5.  Add borax to the water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition.  After 4 tablespoons have been added, see if any borax has started collecting at the bottom of the jar.  Keep adding borax until a small amount has collected in the bottom of the jar.
6.  Lower the pipe cleaner back down into the jar making sure it is completely submerged in the borax/water solution.  Lay the dowel across the top of the jar.
7.  Let the jar sit for 24 hours periodically checking the crystal formation progress.
8.  Carefully remove your crystal-covered pipe cleaner from the jar, lay on a paper towel to dry for a few minutes, and hang in the window to admire!
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(Please don’t judge me for my windows that are in desperate need of cleaning!  They were clean until we got a big rain a few days ago, and I haven’t had a chance to deal with them yet.)

Charlotte’s favorite part of this experiment was making pipe cleaner shapes.  She made a bunch of extras and stashed them in her purse!

Trenton was constantly wanting to check to see if crystals were growing on his pipe cleaner.  In fact, checking his jar was the first thing he wanted to do when he woke up the next morning!

The kids love their crystals!  I think we may try our hand at making crystal snowflakes at Christmas for our tree!


This post is linked to: It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow, Weekly Kids Co-op @ Local Fun For Kids, The Sunday Showcase @ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Made By Little Hands @ Delicate Construction


samantha said...

Cool. LOL! The windows comment. Puh-lease! I never clean mine on the outside!

Jamie @ The Unlikely Homeschool said...

I am one of the hosts of the KBN Weekly Kid's Co-op Linky and tomorrow, I will be featuring this post as one of my three weekly favorites!

Jenny said...

I've never had windows get dirty as quickly as they do here! There's a lot of sand and not a lot of grass, so when it's windy and rainy, the windows get filthy! I either need to learn to live with it or get used to cleaning them every couple of weeks!

Jenny said...

Thanks for the feature!

Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog said...

This is so cool. We have a box of Borax and don't know what to do with it yet. Thanks for the idea! I've featured you at our Friday Kids Co-op Playdate :-)