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Borax Snowflakes

Borax Snowflakes
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 4y - 9y
Estimated Time: 2+ hours

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Tina Pearson
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This project made a fun science experiment and craft in one. The kids got to learn about solutions and see the "magic" of borax crystals forming and we got to make beautiful snowflakes to decorate our winter table centerpiece. The kids can't wait to experiment with different shapes and colors next time!

How We Did It

Borax Snowflakes
Gather all materials. Borax can be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store. We used various color pipe cleaners so the kids could pick their favorites, but we found that the white pipe cleaners looked most like snowflakes.
Borax Snowflakes
I gave each of the kids a pipe cleaner and helped them form snowflakes out of them. Our snowflakes ended up looking more like stars, but the kids loved them. You could make any shape. I think next time we'll try cutting the pipe cleaner into pieces and twisting them together. While the kids worked with the pipe cleaners, I put the kettle on to boil.
Borax Snowflakes
I gave each of the kids a pint-sized Mason jar and they poured in 1/3 cup of Borax. I had to be extra careful with my 2 and 3-year-olds to make sure that they didn't try to eat any of the Borax.
Borax Snowflakes
Then, I carefully filled the jars 3/4 full with boiling water. After warning the kids repeatedly about the hot water, I let them use the Jumbo craft sticks to stir their borax. They were very careful and did a great job getting the borax to dissolve. They loved watching it "disappear".
Borax Snowflakes
Once the water was ready, we tied yarn to our pipe cleaner and lowered it into the jar of water. Be sure to use a ribbon or string that you don't mind remaining attached to your snowflake. Once the crystals form, those strings are NOT coming off!
Borax Snowflakes
We wrapped the other end of the string around the jumbo craft stick to keep it suspended in the water without touching the edges. I tried using a pencil at first, but it didn't hold as well. The craft stick was great because it didn't roll.
Borax Snowflakes
We left our jars overnight and the next morning the kids were amazed by their beautiful crystal snowflakes! These would make great ornaments and could me made in any shape, or even your child's initials!

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Used white pipe cleaners and a wire to hold on the pencil. Awesome!!

posted by: Elizabeth on 2.16.2014

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My child and I completed Borax Snowflakes.

posted by: Mindy on 2.1.2014

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We tried this using food coloring in ours - we used blue pipe cleaners with blue food coloring, and it turned out great! We also tried another one to see if using more borax would create more crystals - it won't!

posted by: Cheryl on 1.10.2014

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My child and I completed Borax Snowflakes. My crystals didn't get as big as the picture, but my son loved the end results.

posted by: Katie on 12.15.2013

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Can this be done longer to make the crystals grow larger? My hubby likes this idea for him to do just for fun lol

posted by: Jessica on 2.5.2013

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I think the crystals only get as large as what you see in the picture above and what I posted below. I let ours hang in the water a bit longer but it seemed to be done. I imagine most of the borax had already crystallized out of the water so there was nothing left to expand the size of the crystals that had already grown.

posted by: Jennifer on 2.6.2013

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You might try putting more borax in the water- I'm not sure if you'd get more crystals or bigger ones from a higher concentration. I used 1/3c borax to 1c boiling water.

posted by: Jennifer on 2.6.2013

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My son and I completed Borax Snowflakes. I was very surprised at how fast the crystals grew- every time we checked, there was a visible difference. We wrote his name with pipe cleaners for our shape. The white crystals in the picture are some of what I chipped out of the bottom of the jar (quart mason jar.)

posted by: Jennifer on 1.31.2013

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You said overnight and I thought it was a typo. I've been amazed to see it visibly change over the past few hours and I'm really looking forward to seeing what it looks like in the morning.

posted by: Jennifer on 1.29.2013

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