Crafty Wednesdays: Homemade Rock Candy

This super sweet activity makes for some beautiful candy and science learning all in one!  It's a win-win ...

Materials (for 2 pieces):

  • 2 Wood skewers
  • 2 glass jars
  • 2 C water
  • 3.5 C sugar
  • Food coloring

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Step 1 -  Wet your skewer, cover it completely in sugar, and let it dry. 

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Step 2 - Take two clean jars and hang your skewer from the top.  You can do this with clips, string, tape, or whatever other strategy works best for you!  Just make sure the skewer or thread is hanging about an inch from the bottom of the jar.

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Step 3 - Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and add the sugar in cup by cup, stirring and letting each cup dissolve before adding in another.  Continue until all 3.5 cups of sugar have absorbed.  Let the concoction boil for about 10 minutes.

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Step 4 - Add your food coloring.  This one is easy!

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Step 5 - Let your sugar solution cool for about 10 minutes and then pour half of it into one of your prepared jars.

Step 6 - Secure your apparatus from the top and make sure it’s sturdy. Once you have your skewer or string hanging in the jar, you shouldn’t move it at all.

Now, repeat with the second jar ...

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Step 7 - Cover your jar with a bag.  Now, here comes the hard part - WAIT AND DON'T TOUCH!  I would suggest you check on your crystals daily, you can even make some sort so a chart or graph to track their progress.  But, after about a week, you should have something beautiful like the creations below!

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