Make a Crystalized Snowflake Lesson and
Make a Pine cone Bird Feeder Activity
In "How to Celebrate Winter Solstice" on the activities page, making a real crystal snowflake is fun and easy.
Mix a little bit of science with our solstice celebration! You can
watch the crystals form overnight! This snowflake's sparkly
clusters are made by dipping shaped pipe cleaners into borax
dissolved in boiling water. As the water cools, borax forms
crystals that cling to pipe cleaners.
HOW DOES IT DO THAT?
The liquid mixture of borax and water creates a “suspension”. A suspension is a mixture that contains solid particles large enough to “settle out”. By mixing the borax into hot water, instead of room temperature or cold water, the borax stays suspended longer within the water.
As the borax begins to settle out, (or separate into sediment) it begins to crystallize. You can see this crystallization on both the bottom of the jarand on your pipe cleaner snowflake. The borax continues to settle on top of the snowflake and on top of other borax crystals, building layers of crystals until you pull it out of the water the next morning.
Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder Activity
In "How To Celebrate Winter Solstice" we learn how we are connected to both our inner world and our outer world and celebrate the natural
rhythms of the winter season. Lets share the natural rhythms of giving and receiving with this activity. We can give food to the birds while receiving their gift of beauty and song for us to enjoy. Don't forget to download the free video tutorial for Making a Pine Cone Bird Feeder.