Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas? Add some Borax to your shopping list!
Try these Mother’s Day pendants and add a little SCIENCE to your project!
Students are so excited to see the crystals grow, and then add string to make a crystal necklace that mom will love!
The materials for this craft are simple:
Pencil or stir stick
Measuring cup and spoons
Food Coloring (optional)
HOW TO MAKE IT
1. Bend the pipe cleaner into a spiral shape. Attach a plain piece of wire (a few inches) to the spiral end, and attach the other end to a pencil or stir stick. The pencil will rest on the top of the jar so that the pipe cleaner is suspended in the water without touching the edges.
2. Mix 3 tablespoons of Borax powder into 1 cup of hot water in a jar. Mix until it dissolves.
3. Add red food coloring if desired. Let the jar sit for about 8 hours, or overnight, so the crystals will grow.
4. Remove the crystals and let dry on paper towel.
5. Wrap the wire around the end of a pencil to make a circle for the string to go through. Add some string (long enough to fit over your head) and tie.
HOW IT WORKS
The heated water molecules move farther apart than cold ones, making room for more of the borax crystals to dissolve. As this solution cools, the water molecules move closer together again. The borax crystals harden, and they attach themselves to the fluff on the pipe cleaners.
My students LOVE this and we ended up making more Borax crystals for class. We tried the really large kind shown on this youtube video: Click HERE , just type “grow borax crystals” into a google search!
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