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Crystal Stencil Stars

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Crystal Stencil Stars

In this activity on page 6 of the PDF, learners dissolve Epsom salt in water and discover that the resulting solution can be used to create a work of art. Use this fun art activity to introduce learners to saturated solutions and crystallization.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Epsom salt
  • Water
  • Small bowl
  • Sponge
  • Black construction paper
  • Card stock (approximately 8 cm by 8 cm)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic cup (8-10 oz.)
  • Tablespoon measure
  • Stirrer


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elements and Periodic Table
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Office of Community Activities, American Chemical Society


  • All Rights Reserved, American Chemical Society, ©2001


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