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Crystals: Grow Your Own Garden


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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Crystals: Grow Your Own Garden

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

Language:
English

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)

Subjects


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

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, ©1997

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation

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