Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Growing Sweet Crystals and Eating them... mmmm...



We grew crystals. About a week ago I cooked water and sugar on the stove, let it cool and poured it into a jar. I tied a string to two Popsicle sticks and placed the large stick over the brim of the jar suspending the smaller Popsicle stick into the liquid. It's been about a week and as the crystals grew we kept looking to see how it was doing. Today we broke it and ate some. It was very solid. I had to break it free and cut my hand in the process. Those crystals can be sharp. I think the picture just above is so cute of Zoe looking funny at the crystals and deciding if she likes the taste or not. So cute!

Here are the instructions from one of our science books. 

With the help of an adult, boil 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of sugar one spoonful at a time until all the sugar is dissolved. Keep adding sugar until the solution turns into a clear syrup. Let it cool for about ten minutes, then pour the syrup into a glass jar.

Now get a piece of string about a six inches long. Tie one end of the string around a pencil. Then tie the other end to a Popsicle stick. Put the pencil on top of the jar so the Popsicle stick hangs in the syrup.

Set your jar aside. Take a look at it every day to see what's happening. In about a week, the syrup should be crystallized and ready to eat.

“Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.” ~ Pablo Picasso


topsy-techie said...

So excited to discover your blog today! I would LOVE to add it to our secular homeschool bloggers list. If you would be willing, would you mind emailing me at info at secularhomeschool dot com? Thanks so much!

Tan Family said...

Wonderful blog! We are going to start following it. Thanks for the instructions on making sugar crystals! Love the Picasso quote. :)


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