Scientific Snowflakes

There can’t be many things more festive than snowflakes. Let’s use some science to make a
Scientific Snowflake that will be perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree!

scientific-snowflakes-1-setupWhat do I need?

  • Borax
  • Warm water
  • Pint glass
  • Pipe cleaner
  • String
  • Stick

WARNING: Never drink Borax. Make sure to label it appropriately and wash your hands thoroughly after touching your borax.

scientific-snowflakes-2-snowflakeSTEP1 – The first thing is to turn our pipe cleaner into a snowflake shape. All you have to do is to bend it into the shape that you want and twist the ends together to connect them.

STEP2 – Get an adult to help out with filling your pint glass with some very warm water.

STEP3 – Add a table spoon of borax at a time and stir it in. Keep going until you can’t dissolve anymore and there is a white layer at the bottom of the glass.

STEP4 – Tie a piece of string around your pipe cleaner snowflake and your stick.

scientific-snowflakes-3-boraxSTEP5 – Lower your pipe cleaner snowflake into your glass making sure it’s not touching the bottom or the sides.

STEP6 – Leave overnight for your scientific snowflake to form!

What’s going on?

When you mixed so much borax with your warm water that some remained undissolved you maximised the amount of borax that the water can store.

As the water begins to cool the amount of borax your water can ‘hold’ starts to come down. Your borax is ‘looking’ for somewhere to go. But why do the borax crystals form on the side of your snowflakes rather than on the side of your glass?

scientific-snowflakes-4-snowflakeBecause it’s easier! Your snowflake is kind of rough and offers the perfect place for your borax to settle (as opposed to the smooth sides of your glass). The borax crystals continue to form on top of one another until you’re left with a beautiful Scientific Snowflake!

More Fun Please! - Experiment like a real scientist!

  • Does this experiment still work if you use cooler water?
  • What’s the perfect amount of borax to add?

Even The Dragons Love Sublime Science Experiments

Honoured To Receive A Queen's Award For Innovation

You Couldn't Resist

There's some serious science behind why you just clicked that "Don't Click" button!

But that's nowhere near as awesome as grabbing yourself a FREE science experiment book... 
Join 100,000 awesome humans & download 'Don't Eat Your Slime' now.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY

Free Science Book

Join 100,000 awesome humans & download 'Don't Eat Your Slime'. You'll discover:
1. 10 slimetastically fun science experiments!
2. How to make gooey slime, fizzing potions & lava!
3. The quick, simple, safe way to make science awesome for your budding scientist!
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY

Kids Party Coming Up?

If you like fun science experiments then you’ll love the Dragons’ Den winning Sublime Science Party. Check availability and grab your FREE Kids Party Survival Guide right now!