We love at-home activities that demonstrate the intricate wonders of nature and science! This salt crystal growing experiment is the perfect fall activity. You will need water, salt, leaves, string, a pot, glass jars, and skewers. Try it out and show us your #NaturallyFun results!
Fill a saucepan with enough water to fill your jars, and boil the water on high heat. While the water comes to a boil, tie string around the stem of each of your leaves and then tie the other end of the string to a skewer (popsicle sticks, toothpicks, pencils, or just about any other similar items will work as skewers). Repeat for each leaf you want to crystalize. Use the skewers to suspend the leaves over the jars.
Once your water boils, add enough salt to create a sheet of salt crystals across the surface of the water. Turn off the heat and continue to add salt until it does not dissolve. Then pour the salt water into the jars, fully submerging the leaves. Wait 3-7 days for crystals to form. The longer you wait, the more crystals will form on the leaves.
Once crystals have formed, remove the leaves from the water and dry gently with a paper towel. When the crystals are dry, examine them with a magnifying glass to learn about salt, ionic bonds, and crystal formations!