· Measuring spoons
· Chenille stems
· Coffee filter
· Pencil or stick
· Mason jar
· 2 Glass dishes such as a pie pan
Boil water and slowly stir in 3 Tablespoons of Borax per 1 cup of water. Stir until Borax is completely dissolved.
· Mason Jar Snowflake: Create a six-sided snowflake with chenille stems. Leave one side longer. Wrap the long end around a pencil. Hang snowflake in Mason jar. Carefully fill Mason jar with Borax-water mixture.
· Coffee Filter Snowflake: Cut out a snowflake from the coffee filter. Lay coffee filter snowflake flat in glass pan. Carefully fill pan with Borax-water mixture.
· Shallow Pan Snowflake: Create a six-sided snowflake with chenille stems. Lay the snowflake flat in a shallow glass pan. Carefully cover the snowflake with the Borax-water mixture.
Predict which snowflake will grow crystals the quickest. Check on snowflakes after an hour or two. Discuss what you observe and make any new predictions.
Let all snowflakes sit overnight. Observe the snowflakes and discuss the results of your findings.
Snow Ball Lesson Plan
Read: “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats
Bars of ivory soap, grater, and water.
Have the children grate the bars of soap. Give each child ½ cup of grated soap. Add just enough water so the flakes stick together as the children mold the balls together with their hands.
Let the balls dry and you have a snow ball!