Friday, January 11, 2013

Borax Snowflakes

Before break, we made these neat Borax snowflakes in science.  I had the kids predict what would happen when they put a pipe cleaner shaped like a snowflake in a mixture of Borax and water. They had to come up with a measurable change. We went through the entire scientific process.

1. Make a snowflake out of a pipe cleaner, as you can see we had a variety of snowflake shapes. 
2. Tie a string to the snowflake, and tie the string to a Popsicle stick or pencil. 
2. BOIL water and pour it into a cup or jar.  STIR in 3 Tablespoons of Borax per cup of water.  Be sure to stir it until it dissolves. 
4. Place the snowflake in the mixture over night! 

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