A few weeks ago when June was home sick we decided to spend a little time making "Borax snowflakes". I had seen them on Pinterest a few times and Kendall's preschool teacher had sent home an instruction sheet so we gave it a try.
Our final "snowflake" looked more like a rock, but the girls had a great time and learned something too! Here is what you need and how to do it.
Gather all of your supplies. I cut the pipe cleaners and let the girls make their own snowflakes. I helped the girls tie the string to the snowflakes and figure out how long the string needed to be to suspend the snowflake in the center of the jar, finally I tied it to the pencil. Once they were ready to go I boiled the water and added it to the glass jars. You mix 3 tablespoons of Borax to one cup of boiling water. Add one tablespoonful at a time. The girls gently stirred until all of the Borax was dissolved, then in went the snowflakes. Do not disturb and watch the crystals form...ours started in a few hours. If I had to do it again I would have removed the snowflakes sooner (we left ours overnight) or I would have used larger jars so the spindles of the snowflakes were not so close together. As you can see we did not get a snowflake, but a big ole' rock!
The girls had a great time and overall it was a great science lesson on saturation and crystallization. I would definitely do it again...I have seen a few with red pipe cleaner hearts for Valentine's day.