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I have been trying to to do more science experiments with the kids. Now that they are 2yr and 4yr they seem to really enjoy the science experiments we do. One day I will get the posts together to share with you all on the other science experiments we have tried. For now I want to share with you this creating crystals science experiment for kids. When I saw this at Busy Kids= Happy Mom I got really excited about trying this with the children. Busy Kids = Happy Mom had crystal hearts for Valentine’s Day and they are beautiful. You should stop over and have a look. I was going to try to fit this in for Valentine’s Day but it didn’t happen. I wasn’t sure when we would get to it or what design we would try. The idea of trying a clover came to me. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up we could tie our science experiment into the holiday. This science experiment was great for both my toddler and preschooler. With a little help they both got to create their own crystal clover.
Crystal Clover a Science Experiment both toddler and preschooler can enjoy
Supplies/What we used:
green pipe cleaners
wooden spoons(you can use wooden sticks) I just had wooden spoons handy when we did this)
Also a pan to boil the water in
How to Grow a Crystal Clover with Kids:
We did 2 experiments one per child. These directions are for one experiment. Just repeat these steps for each additional experiment you want to do. While the kids were playing with daddy I took 2 green pipe cleaners and made double heart shapes out of each. I then combined them to get the clover shape. I boiled 2 cups of water. I then had my husband bring Little brother in to do his science experiment. I poured the boiling water into the mason jar. Little brother then dropped green food coloring into the water. Now he dumped 1/3 cup borax into the water. My husband and little brother mixed the solution together. While they did this I took yarn and tied it to the pipe cleaner clover at one end and the other end to the wooden spoon. Last little brother put his clover down into the solution. (The mason jar opening at the top was kinda small for our clover so with big brother we tried a plastic container but the crystals did not come out as well as with the jar.) We left the clovers in the containers overnight. The next morning we checked them and we had crystals all over our clovers. The boys were thrilled to see that we had made crystals! We sat them on paper towels and let dry that day. The next morning I tied them to our suction cups and hung them in the window.
Little Brothers Clover
My children had a lot of fun with this science experiment and we got a neat decoration out of it for St. Patrick’s Day. We hope that you and your children can enjoy this too.
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