This is a seriously fun and exciting activity to do with the kids! It doubles as a Science Experiment too which is always great! Science and fun all rolled into one!
To grow your own ‘Frozen’ themed snowflakes, you will need:
- Pipe cleaners
- String or wool
- Wide-mouthed jar
- Borax (you can buy this from your local hardware store)
- A pencil
- Boiling water
- Blue food colouring
*please note – this activity requires strict adult supervision
Using a pair of scissors, cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections.
Twist the three pipe cleaner sections together at their centers to form a six-sided snowflake. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect – most snowflakes aren’t
Place your pipe cleaner snowflake into your jar to make sure it will fit. If it doesn’t, trim the sides down.
Cut a piece of string (about 10cms long) and tie one end to the snowflake and the other end to the pencil. Your string will need to be long enough to allow your snowflake to hang in the jar but does not touch the bottom. Once you have your length set, remove the snowflake from the jar.
Boil some water and pour (carefully) into the jar – fill it to the neck. Add 3 tablespoons of borax per each cup of water and stir. Don’t worry if some of the borax settles on the bottom of the jar.
Add in a few drops of blue food colouring and stir
Hang the pipe cleaner snowflake into the jar with the pencil resting on top of the jar. Make sure that you’ve added enough water to completely submerge the snowflake.
Put the jar somewhere where it is safe from being touched – we don’t even want it bumped. Sit your snowflake overnight
The next day check out your beautiful Frozen Snowflake! Untie the string from the pencil and you’ve got yourself a beautiful snowflake fit for Elsa! You could also use these as Christmas Tree Decorations too!
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