Monday, March 25, 2013

Borax Crystals

On the Friday before we left for vacation, we did this experiment at home.
You need the following:
Boiling water
Pipe cleaners
Popsicle sticks

Step 1: Create a shape out of the pipe cleaners. Each boy made a curly cue and Bekah made a heart.
Step 2: Tie string to the pipe cleaner and to the popsicle stick. This will suspend the pipe cleaner in the solution. *Hint - don't let them rest on the bottom of the jar.

Step 3: Boil 1 pint of water and dissolve 1/3 cup of borax.
I tried to dye the water but it didn't make the crystals colored.
*Hint - whatever color you want your shapes; choose that color pipe cleaner. Also use pretty string not ugly red yarn.

Step 4: Let them sit in the solution overnight.

Step 5: Display!!

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