The APC Festive Guide That Keeps on Giving – Crystal Snowflakes

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Grow a borax crystal snowflake and enjoy the sparkle all year long!

*WE DO NOT OFFER RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS EXPERIMENT. THIS EXPERIMENT SHOULD BE DONE WITH ADULT SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE TO WASH YOUR WORK AREA, UTENSILS AND HANDS WHEN THIS ACTIVITY IS DONE. PLEASE NOTE – THIS EXPERIMENT IS FOR FUN ONLY*

You Will Need:

STEP 1

The first step of making borax crystal snowflakes is to make the shape. Start by cutting a pipe cleaner into three equal sections, twist the sections together at the centre to form a six-sided snowflake shape. The snowflake should fit inside the jar.

STEP 2

Tie the string to the end of one of the snowflake arms. Tie the other end of the string to the pencil. The length should be such that the pencil hangs the snowflake into the jar.

STEP 3

Fill the wide mouth pint jar with boiling water.

STEP 4

Add one tablespoon of Sodium Tetraborate (Borax) 5% Solution at a time to the boiling water, making sure to stir to dissolve after each additional tablespoon. In total you should have added 3 tablespoons of Sodium Tetraborate (Borax) 5% Solution to the water. **Please note – if some of the borax is undissolved this is not a problem**

STEP 5

Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar so that the pencil rests on top of the jar. The snowflake should be completely covered with liquid and hang freely. **Please note the snowflake should not touch the bottom of the jar**

STEP 6

Allow the snowflake to set overnight.

STEP 7

After being left overnight, remove the snowflake from the liquid. Your snowflake is now ready to use as a decoration!

“WE DO NOT OFFER RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS EXPERIMENT. THIS EXPERIMENT SHOULD BE DONE WITH ADULT SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE TO WASH YOUR WORK AREA, UTENSILS AND HANDS WHEN THIS ACTIVITY IS DONE. PLEASE NOTE – THIS EXPERIMENT IS FOR FUN ONLY*

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