Being a homeschool mom to 1 plus having 4 other kids in school there are times when we get to do really fun stuff for homeschooling and my poor other kiddos miss out. I know they do fun things at school, but when they come home and see what we’ve been up to it can sometimes be a bit heartbreaking to see the looks on their faces when they don’t get to participate so something like this, Overnight Crystals they can be a part of!
Back when I was in school science wasn’t one of my favourite subjects. I didn’t mind the class but it wasn’t ever really fun for me. I try to make our science projects at home as fun as possible for Kyla since she’s the only one being homeschooled for now, and I know how lonely and boring it can get sitting at the table working away, so the more hands on and fun – the better!
So something like this not only is fun and engaging, but it gets the conversation going and my other kids get to enjoy it too!
- 3-16 oz mason jars
- 1 Cup Epsom salts
- 1 Cup warm water
- Pink, yellow, and purple gel food coloring
- Stir sticks
- 3 impurities (I used soil, cake crumb, and a sesame seed)
- Heat 1 cup of water in the microwave for 30-45 seconds
- Drop 1 drop of food coloring in each jar (each a different color)
- Place 1/3 cup warm water in each jar
- Now scoop 1/3 cup of Epsom salts in each jar
- Stir each jar with a wooden stick for several minutes, letting the Epsom salt dissolve some
- Place a small impurity in each one, my pink jar has a piece of soil, my yellow jar has a sesame seed, and my purple jar has a cake crumb
- Keep your stir stocks in the jars and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes
- Transfer to the fridge over night
- Take your jar out of the fridge and pour out any excess water
- Now check which formed the best crystals, for me it was the pink jar with a little piece of soil
*Use a microscope or a magnifying glass to check out your tiny, glass like crystals
*Make sure to do more than one jar, because some will not grow
Fun for everyone! It’s exciting for kids to see the results, but it’s also exciting to watch and antcipate what is to come! My kids love anything hands on, but if there is a cool result at the end that they didn’t expect – like this one, then they couldn’t be more thrilled!
What are some fun science experiments you’ve tried at home?