With winter now in full swing, we are stuck indoors on many days. Even though it doesn’t snow where we live, I’ve been trying to bring some of the magic of winter to my kids. These crystallized snowflakes were a great opportunity to appreciate the magic of snow, create a beautiful craft, AND see some science in action all at the same time!
Note: For more winter crafts your kids will love, see my Winter Activities for Kids page.
Here are the materials we used to make this beautiful crystallized snowflake:
- Chenille stems
- Empty glass jars
First the kids and I each fashioned a chenille stem into a “snowflake” shape. I connected a string to each snowflake and suspended it from a pencil into the jar.
After the snowflakes were in position, I put enough water to fill the jar into a pot of water and turned the heat to high. Once the water started boiling, I added borax 1 TBS at a time until it no longer dissolved in the water. In our case, that took about 8 TBS of borax for 1 quart of water. (Note: I did this twice since we had two jars.)
After my water and borax solution was ready, I poured the water into the jars. This is what the jars looked like right after we added the water.
We left the jars in the kitchen window overnight. And here’s what they looked like when we woke up the next morning!
We were amazed to see how crystals had formed up the sides of the glass.
And when we pulled out our chenille stem snowflakes, they were covered in large, beautiful, borax crystals. Here are the snowflakes made by QBoy, myself, and XGirl.
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