We tend to take time off some our regular school work around Christmas, so we have more time for projects! I did the neatest Christmas craft project with my 6 year old this week. We made a snowflake out of pipe cleaners and Borax.
Borax Snowflake Materials:
- pipe cleaner
- boiling water
- wide mouth jar
- blue food coloring (optional)
The first step is to cut a pipe cleaner into 3 pieces. Then twist them together in the middle to form a 6-pointed figure.
Next, take string and wind it around each of the points of the pipe cleaner. Leave a long piece at the end.
Tie the end of the string to a pencil.
Next, get your wide mouth jar.
and your Borax.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water into the jar. Add 3 tablespoons of Borax and stir.
Add a couple of drops of blue food coloring if desired.
Lower ornament into the jar.
Leave ornament in Borax solution overnight. Remove from solution and you will have a beautiful snowflake covered with crystals.
You can also use pipe cleaners to make other shapes for Christmas ornaments. You can make candy cane ornaments by twisting red and white pipe cleaners and suspending in Borax solution as above.
I found more super ideas for Christmas science experiments at Little Bins Little Hands.
You can check out our other craft projects too!