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SnowFlakey Science.

You can make a snowflake of your own using hot wafer and powdered laundry detergent. Here's how:


* 20 Mule Team Borax[TM] Laundry Booster

* Wide-mouth jar

* String

* White pipe cleaner

* Hot water

* Pen or pencil (longer than your jar is wide)


* Cut the pipe cleaner in three equal pieces and twist together in a star shape with six points.

* Wrap the string through the points of the pipe cleaner star so it begins to look like a snow flake.

* Tie another piece of string from one of the pipe cleaners points to the middle of the pen or pencil.

* Ask an adult to boil water and point into the jar.

* Stir borax powder into the water one tablespoon at a time until no more will dissolve.

* Dangle the pipe cleaner snowflake into the borax solution by resting the pen or pencil on top of the jar. Make sure the snowflake doesn't touch the sides or bottom of the jar. Leave for at least one day and watch the crystals grow!

* Hang the snowflake so you can always remember your fun-filled winter days!

Why'd it happen?

Snowflakes are actually tiny water crystals similar to the ones you made with borax powder. Because the water in the jar was hot, more borax than normal was able to dissolve in it, creating a super-saturated solution. As the water cooled, it couldn't hold as much dissolved powder, so the powder jumped onto your snowflake. These borax crystals give your snowflake its shiny, glistening look.

Really cooooooold Facts

* There are six basic types of snowflake crystals: star, dendrite (looks like an anchor), plate (like the one you made), column, needles, and a column capped with plates.

* A snowflake's size and shape depend on the temperature and how much humidity (moisture) there is in the air when it first forms.

The Native North American Inuit people of the far north have many different words to explain snow:
Anniu falling snow
Api ground snow
Upsik wind beaten snow
Mapsuk overhanging drift
Siqoq drifting snow
Tumarinyiq ripple drift snow
Kimoaqtruk snow drift
Kalutoganiq arrow shaped snow drift
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Title Annotation:arts and crafts
Publication:Jack & Jill
Date:Jan 1, 1999
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