One of the things my children got for Christmas was a crystal making kit (they got one each – I know that they’re not going to, like, share). So on the third day of Christmas, I spent most of the day making crystals.
The children got a bit fed up with this after the first, large, crystal solution had been made. I like to think that my children are interested in science but most science is just waiting around for stuff to happen which hardly interest anyone. I was tempted to leave the rest to another day but knew that I wouldn’t have enthusiasm to come back to it – plus I didn’t want a load of open packets of evil solution mixture of DOOM sitting around.
The kit includes lots of terribly serious warnings about the ingredients being terribly dangerous and / or likely to stain stuff. The crystals also need a spot to sit undisturbed for about seven days, ideally at a temperature above 20C. So I put them on the side in the library.
The kit came from a place called Cass Art, which is a lovely shop.