Florida Snow Flakes: From the Camp Sagemont’s Extreme Experiments Lab
Camp Sagemont experiences are a special and powerful time in a child’s life; when new friendships blossom, old friends are reunited, and challenges are not only faced but also conquered, creating childhood memories that last for a lifetime!
As the weather is cooling off and we think of winter here in Florida, we have set to work in our extreme experiment lab in our craft corner to find a way to create our own Florida snowflakes.
Here is how you can make these at home:
Borax laundry detergent booster
- Glass jar or cup
- Pipe cleaners
- Pencil or chopstick
Step 1. Form your pipe cleaners into snowflake shapes. One long pipe cleaner can be cut into six pieces to make a simple star, or you can get fancier if you want. (Just remember that your snowflakes can’t be taller or wider than the container you’re going to pour your Borax solution into.)
If you want to make long, straight icicles, that’s even easier. Just make sure you have a container tall enough that will hold the pipe cleaners without them touching the bottom.
Step 2. Use string to tie your snowflakes onto a pencil or chopstick–anything long enough to span the container your using
Step 3. Mix up a batch of Borax solution: 1/3 cup of Borax to 2 cups of boiling water. Stir the mixture until the Borax is dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 4. Submerge your pipe cleaner snowflakes in the Borax solution, making sure they don’t touch the sides or bottom of your container, or each other if you’re doing multiple snowflakes in one pot.
Step 5. Now make like Ron Popiel and “Set it and forget it!” Carry on about your merry way, go to sleep, and when you wake up the next morning check out your awesome crystal snowflakes
We are located at: Camp Sagemont 1570 Sagemont Way
Weston, FL 33326