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painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Advent Activity 8: Crystal Snowflakes

Making crystal snowflakes is a fun way to combine science with art. They also make great Christmas tree ornaments or just decorations to hang in the wintertime.

For this project, you will need:
pipe-cleaner
string
waterBorax, Epsom Salts, Table Salt and/or Sugar
Container that is large enough to hold your completed snowflake or a wide-mouthed jar that the completed snowflake can fit into
Food color, optional


Put some water on to boil.

Have your students examine the crystals with a magnifying glass.

If you use more than one type of crystal, have them compare them.

Create your snowflake by cutting a pipe cleaner into 3 pieces. Twist the pieces together at the center to form a six-legged shape. You can add more small pipe cleaner pieces if you wish. Make sure the snowflake fits into the container you will use.
Tie a piece of string to one leg of the snowflake.
Fill the container with boiling water
Add Borax, Salt, Epsom Salt, or Sugar one tablespoon at a time to the water. Stir after each tablespoon to dissolve. Stir as much into the water as possible, stopping when it no longer dissolves. This is called a Saturated Solution.
Add food color drops, if desired, to create color.

You can either suspend the pipe-cleaner snowflake in the jar or you can lay it down in a flat container. If you use the jar, roll the string around the pencil so that the snowflake hangs from the pencil laid across the jar. If you use a flat container, just lay it down on the bottom of the container.
Allow the container you use to sit undisturbed for several days.
Once the liquid has dissolved you can take the snowflake out of the container and carefully hang it up.

They look lovely hanging in the window or on a Christmas tree.

2 comments:

  1. Those are really pretty! I think the dough recipe I used would work for snakes you have to bake it to make it hard. We used my good king Arthur floor because that is all I had. LOL. Post the cinnamon dough recipe after you try it, that sounds like it would smell good! I love beef and broccoli. : )

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  2. I really like this! Maybe we'll try it. :)

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