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    Default Magic Crystal Gardens

    This is a really fun crafty science project to do with kids, but you really have to make sure that you supervise well, it uses a it of ammonia.


    Magic Crystal Gardens

    6 tb Salt
    6 tb Water
    1 tb Ammonia + 2 tsp
    2 Pieces charcoal, smashed into small chunks
    Small piece of sponge, wet and wrung out completely
    Food coloring


    Use a disposable but waterproof container. Place the sponge piece About 2"x2", Add the charcoal and spread out evenly over the sponge. Combine the salt, water, and ammonia in a bowl, and pour over charcoal. Sprinkle a few drops of food coloring over the whole concoction. Place the container on a shelf low enough for children to see, and let them watch it grow.



    After a few days the thing will be puffed with crystals.


    On a side note, we did this in elementary school when I was a kid and I brought it home and stuck it in my closet and forgot about it. A few weeks later I had massive crystals everywhere. I thought it would just "dry up and go away" like a dead houseplant, but it didn't.
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    Default Re: Magic Crystal Gardens

    Oh! I'm excited to do this. The steps are simple enough. How did you get rid of the crystals from your closet?

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    Default Re: Magic Crystal Gardens

    Quote Originally Posted by MaraJadeC View Post
    Oh! I'm excited to do this. The steps are simple enough. How did you get rid of the crystals from your closet?
    scrubbing... Lots and Lots and Lots of Scrubbing! and yelling... I recall mother yelling as she scrubbed!
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