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Home Grown Crystals

Young science lovers will enjoy this easy, hands-on experiment.

Learning Benefits

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Following Directions

What you need:

  • black, dark blue, or dark purple construction paper
  • small foil pie or brownie pan
  • scissors
  • epsom salt
  • warm water
  • a bright, sunny day
  • magnifying glass or microscope (optional)

What to do:

  1. Cut a piece of construction paper to fit at the bottom of your foil pan.
  2. Dissolve one tablespoon of Epsom salts into 1/4 cup of warm water.
  3. Pour the salt water into the pan lined with the paper.
  4. Place the pan outside in a sunny spot.
  5. Once all of the water has evaporated, you'll see small crystal growths on the paper!
  6. If you happen to have a magnifying glass or microscope, observe the formations a bit closer. Crystal cool!

Learning benefits:

  • reinforces science concepts

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