Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Growing Crystals

Noli is attending a kids' camp this summer -- it's part of the after school program at her school and they have a special session during the summer. Anyway, when she and my daughter stopped by one afternoon recently, Noli was excited to tell me about an experiment they were doing.

We're growing crystals! she says.

So how do you grow crystals, I ask.

Let's do it! I'll show you how!!  (She's jumping up and down at this point!)

First I got a plastic refrigerator container (I wanted to use something that could be thrown away)

Then Noli put in a bunch of salt (how much salt, Noli?  A bunch, Mumsie!)

Now we put in some food coloring, she says. What color, I ask.  Red and blue so we can make purple! she says.  So we look in the pantry..... only red food coloring there.

OK, I guess we use red! she says. (She is a very "go with the flow" child, thank goodness!)

We add water.... again I ask how much.... and again she says "I don't know..... a bunch!"

We're kinda winging it here.

When she left, I told her I would watch it grow and keep it until she was back. So I nurtured that crystal growing factory just like it was my own, watered it so it didn't get dried out, smiled and said encouraging things to it daily...


It grew up the sides.

and looked like little trees

and kept growing until it was lapping over the sides

and little sparkles were in the bottom

She came over on Sunday which was a little over a week later. How are the crystals doing, Mumsie? 

Whoa! They really grew, didn't they!

And look at all the tiny crystals in the bottom! So shiny like little diamonds, she says!

Next time she's here we're going to do the "Sparkly Explosion" -- she doesn't know it yet, but she'll love it!

It's got glitter! 

sharing Noli's Growing Crystals experiment over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter G
and on Blue Monday at Smiling Sally's
and on Grand Social at Grandma's Briefs

Jenny Matlock      Blue Monday Instructions      Grandma’



Anonymous said...

What a fun activity! I've grown crystals with my son and my students, but we have a different recipe. This looks much easier.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

What a successful experiment!

pasqueflower said...

What fun!!

Noli's diamonds comment reminds me of when my son Jeff was about 2 or 3 -- and he said, "Look, Mom!! DIAMONDS in the snow!!" He was so disappointed when he tried to scoop them up and they disappeared.

Duni said...

I remember this from way back in school, but your demonstration was so much more FUN :)
Noli is such a sweet girl!
Happy 4th!!

fredamans said...

A great idea for fun with the kids.

Gattina said...

How cute ! That's a nice recepe !

BeadedTail said...

Everything about this post is so cute! Love that you nurtured her crystals all week and her reaction made it all so worth it! Adorable!

Debbi Huntington said...

what fun...grand kids are great to have around. I'm looking forward to what's next, be sure and share.

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Fun experiment! I like how the crystals look like trees :-)

Judie said...

I remember doing this with my kids when they were young! Good "G" post!!

storybeader said...

that was loads of fun! Now I know how to grow crystals... water and salt! Oh, and food coloring! {:-D

Kathleen said...

Wow! I didn't know you could grow crystals like that! What fun! I will have to share this with my daughter =)

Eva said...

so cute :)

Kara said...

ohhhh I will have to try this with Peter Pan and Wonder Boy

Sue said...

What fun! And aren't you lucky she lives so close?


Anonymous said...

What fun! Lovely and sweet photos of a real cutie ^_^

Thanks for 'visiting' ~

Memories for Life said...

I remember making crystal candy as a kid with a similar process. Lots of fun!
You always have so many fun things for Noli to do :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

She sure is cute!

Pearl Maple said...

that is such a fun project to play with

Splendid Little Stars said...

She's so cute!
Growing crystals is very fun and Noli seems enthralled!

SmilingSally said...

I'm so glad that Noli is wearing some blue so that you could share this delightful time.

Have a good Blue Monday, Sarah.

Kc W said...

What fun for both of you and Noli really is very cute! Going to save this one to do with Amara who loves anything science and having to do with food color! Plus I will be back to find out about the glitter! We love glitter! Just stopping by from the GRAND Social Linky Party. Hope you get a chance to do the same!

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

Love this! I must do it with my grandsons this week. Thank you so much for sharing in the GRAND Social! ♥

Debra @ Homespun said...

Learn something new every day, lol! :) She's so cute, too...

LV said...

So many simple things can be turned into jewels.

Cindi Thornton said...

I used to do this with my kids! Love it! I am glad I found you over at the Grand Social at Grandma's Briefs!

Judy Nolan said...

What a special memory! And it looks like you'll have to write another "G" post for GLITTERY. :-)

Jenny said...

Thank you! I now have a craft project for my Grandlittles to help pass the summer!

I forget all about doing this!

I love the glittery red you created!

Thanks for a fun and glorious link to the letter "G".



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