Rainy Day Fun

Yesterday was the perfect day to set the plants outside to get some nice spring rain and stay inside with the boys in jammies. It was also the perfect day for a fun experiment…growing crystals!

I saw the idea on theenchantedtree.blogspot.com.
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Materials:
Pipe cleaners
Borax
Boiling water
Pencil
String (we used another pipe cleaner)
mason jar
Food coloring (optional, but a fun addition)

First, boil the water-two cups. While the water is boiling, you can make a shape out of your pipe cleaner. It needs to be able to fit in the jar without touching the sides or bottom. Set aside.

Add two cups of boiling water to the jar. Then add borax, 3 TBSPs per cup, one TBSP at a time. Stir until dissolved, but don’t worry if some chunks settle to the bottom of the jar. If you are adding food coloring, add it now.

Next, hang the pipe cleaner shape in the jar making sure that the pencil rests on top of the jar and the shape is completely covered with liquid but does not touch the bottom of the jar. image

Within minutes, the borax will begin to collect on the pipe cleaner and left overnight the pipe cleaner will be completely covered in borax crystals by morning. Remove from the liquid, it only takes a few minutes to dry. Beautiful!

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Although the science of this experiment might be a little advanced for a two year old, I explained it to him anyway…who knows, it might sink in a little bit. Here’s a link to the original recipe and “the science behind the fun”.

Borax Crystals

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