DIY Magic Crystal Garden!
This is such an easy and low cost experiment and the kids and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Who knew you could do this in your own home with very little set up and minimal ingredients! I was SUPER excited when I found this on ‘About.com’! Ahhh, I love Pinterest!
To make your own you will need
Epson Salts (found at most chemists)
Glass Bowl or large Jar
An extra container for measuring
We experimented a little and found these measurements gave us the best results.
Pour two cups of Epsom Salts into your glass bowl or jar.
Add 1 cup of hot water to the salt
Add another cup of hot water to a container & add a few drops of food colouring, then add to the bowl/jar
Using your spoon, give your mixture a really good stir – mix for approximately 2 minutes – but don’t be too alarmed if there is some salt at the bottom that hasn’t dissolved
Add your mixture to the fridge (the coldest part is the best – we put ours right at the back).
Leave your mixture over night and when the kids awake, they will find a Magical Crystal Garden growing in their very own house….magic! Perhaps even the fairies had something to do with this?
We poured a little of the excess water out to get an even better look at our beautiful Crystals!
We experimented with different colours too!
The texture is amazing and the kids loved getting their hands in there and touching all of their magical crystals!
Every time we made a new ‘batch’, the crystals were completely different! Just like perfectly unique snow flakes. It really is fascinating!
If you liked this experiment, you may also like some of our other Sciency (yes, that’s a word) FUN: