is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Kids, if you don’t like
the taste of toothpaste that your Mom buys, why not make your
own? Before you do, check with your Mom or Dad first.
In a plastic ziplock bag, place
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon water
One or two drops of food flavoring extract
(such as orange, mint, strawberry)
Materials: Pipe cleaners
Borax (20 Mule Team Borax)
Adults must supervise this project. Be sure
to read the safety information on the Borax box.
1. Create the snowflake shapes
from pipe cleaners. Cut one pipe cleaner in three pieces and
twist them together in the center. Tie a thread or wool around
each of the arms to create a circle. Take one pipe cleaner
and twirl it into a spiral shape. Take two pipe cleaners and
twist them together in center. Bend the pieces to create square
or rectangular sections of the snowflake.
2. Choose a container that
is wide and deep enough to allow the snowflakes to float freely.
Find a stick or ruler that can sit across the top of the container.
Use the thread to tie the snowflakes to the stick.
3. Have an adult heat some
water to boiling and pour it into the container. Add about
1/4 cup of borax (see the following notes) for every 2 cups
of boiling water. Stir until it dissolves. If all the borax
dissolves, continue adding more borax until a bit is left
4. Put the stick over the container
so that all the snowflakes are floating in the borax solution.
Try to arrange them so that they don’t touch each other.
5. Leave them overnight to
let the crystals form.
- Borax is a mineral that is
commonly sold as a laundry booster. 20 Mule Team Borax is
a brand found in the laundry section of a grocery store. Do
not use laundry soap with borax added.
- Borax is a chemical and must
be handled with care. Never leave it where young children
can get to it. Don’t leave the crystal solution where
children or pets could accidently drink it.
- Use in well-ventilated area.
- In case of accident, follow
medical treatment recommended on the package.
- Use colored pipe cleaners
to create colorful snowflakes.
- Try adding food coloring
to the solution to get colorful snowflakes.