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      BellyJean
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      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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      Oh! I’m excited to do this. The steps are simple enough.

      How did you get rid of the crystals from your closet?

    • #439622
      BellyJean
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      @MaraJadeC 294101 wrote:

      Oh! I’m excited to do this. The steps are simple enough.

      How did you get rid of the crystals from your closet?

      :mopping: scrubbing… Lots and Lots and Lots of Scrubbing! and yelling…:lalala: I recall mother yelling as she scrubbed!

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