Borax Uses for Kids | 15 Easy Borax Recipes
I am formerly a 5th grade teacher. After having my first child, I took maternity leave and began the blog. Once that took off, I never made it back into the classroom that I loved. That has left me with a desire to instruct. Lucky for me, I have a small classroom of kids in my own children. I had fun putting together these Borax Uses for Kids. Make crystals (geodes), flubber, slime, bouncy balls, and more. I have put the description (below) of borax and 15 easy “science experiments” you can do with your children in as elementary of terms as possible! Have fun and enjoy.
DID YOU KNOW?
What is Borax? Borax or sodium borate is a boron compound (a chemical element, atomic number 5). Typical Borax is a white substance made of colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.
Borax Slime and Balls: What happened? Glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. In bouncy balls, adding the cornstarch helps to bind the molecules together so that they hold their shape better. Keep in mind, these homemade bouncing balls will lose their elasticity over time.
Borax Crystals: What happened? A crystal is a natural solid made up of a repeated pattern of molecules connected together. Crystals can form through the slow cooling of a material. Molecules of hot water move apart, making room for the borax crystals to dissolve. When no more of the solution can be dissolved, you have reached saturation. As this solution cools, the water molecules move closer together again. Now there’s less room for the solution to hold onto as much of the dissolved borax. Crystals begin to form and build on one another as the water lets go of the excess and evaporates.
Homemade Bouncy Balls | 36th Avenue
Homemade Flubber | Live Craft Eat
Crystal Seashells | Little Bins for Little Hands
Homemade Glitter Gak | Lil Luna
Crystal Snowflakes | A Girl and a Boy
Homemade Floam | Growing a Jeweled Rose
Crystal Flowers | Pink Stripey Socks
Glow in the Dark Slime | A Pumpkin and a Princess
Giant Crystals | Dan’s Lake House
DIY Rainbow Slime | Mom Dot
Treasure Slime | Growing a Jeweled Rose
Egg Geodes | Tinker Lab
Crystal Names | Play Dough to Plato
DIY Icicle Ornaments | Amanda Katherine
Grow your own Geodes | Dollar Store Crafts
Crystal Pinecones | Sweet Paul
Crystal Geodes | DIY Projects for Teens
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