Crystal Snowflakes: Chemical Reaction Experiment

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Crystal Snowflakes
Submitted by Erin in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Special Ed. Teacher

This is a great way to teach chemical reactions!

  • string
  • wide mouth pint jar
  • white pipe cleaners
  • several colors of food dye
  • boiling water (adults must handle this)
  • borax
  • pencil

Directions: Cut a white pipe cleaner into 3 equal sections. Twist the sections together in the center so that you have a star shape.

If your points are not even, trim the pipe-cleaner sections to the same length so that they fit in the jar.

Now attach string along the outer edges to form a snowflake pattern.

Attach a piece of string to the top of one of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end to a pencil (this is to hang it from).

Fill a jar with 3 tablespooons of Borax.

Then, fill a widemouth jar with 1 cup of boiling water.

Stir until dissolved.

Add the food coloring to give the snowflake a nice color.

Insert your pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil is resting on the lip of the jar and the snowflake is suspended in the borax solution.

Let them sit overnight and in the morning you will have a pretty snowflake!

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Super Teacher Ideas - Science - Crystal Snowflakes Experiment

Webmaster note:   Thanks for sharing this idea, Erin!