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a awesome science progect

Posted by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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You can find epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in the laundry and pharmacy sections of most stores. Epsom salt crystals are safe to handle, easy to grow, and form quickly. You can grow clear crystals or add food coloring if you prefer. Here's what you need to know to make your own crystals.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: A Few Days

Here's How:

  1. Boil the water in a microwave or on the stove.
  2. Remove the water from heat and add the epsom salts. Stir the mixture until the salt is fully dissolved. If desired, add food coloring.
  3. Pour the mixture over a piece of sponge (optional) or into a shallow container. You need just enough liquid to cover the bottom of the container.
  4. Place the container in a warm or sunny location. Crystals will form as the water evaporates.

Tips:

  1. The sponge provides extra surface area to allow the crystals to form more quickly and helps make them a bit easier to view and handle.
  2. Compare the appearance of the epsom salts before stirring them into the water with the appearance of the crystals that are produced.

What You Need

  • 1/4 cup epsom salts (magnesium sufate)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • shallow bowl or dish
  • sponge (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • the kids and I was looking and admiring crystals and seen thisThought I would post this up for a fun activity for science hubs and my kids are doing it right now its so cute I will post after pics if you would like

http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb357/2_kiddos/Dragion/f1-4.gif

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Oct. 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing! :) 

2_kiddos
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Raising Leafs: Theory Thursday: Crystal Window Frost

This is pretty cool to ladies when it gets cold you can have fun :)

2_kiddos
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM

your welcome :) have fun we decided to use rocks in our solution :) and we are making our crystals green

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