Crystals: Grow Your Own Garden

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In this simple activity (on page 2 of the PDF), learners make a crystal garden using salt, water, and a brick. This is a take-home version of the display Crystal Garden in the Nature of Matter unit in OMSI's Chemistry Lab. Included on the PDF are two additional activities: Density and Layered Liquids.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • small piece of porous brick or charcoal briquet
  • 1 tablespoon liquid bluing (in the laundry section of a grocery store)
  • 1 tablespoon ammonia
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • shallow dish
  • magnifying glass (optional)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation