Saturday, March 13, 2010

geode easter eggs to make with your kids

These are fun to do with your kids. Especially if you've got a kid like C who loves to make charts - she made a diagram to keep track of the results and everything.

Easter Egg Geodes: food coloring, egg shells, hot water, minerals



The egg below used sea salt - just the generic table sea salt from the grocery store. I like how the solution soaked through the egg and grew crystals on the outside too.



Unfortunately, I lost the chart C made so I am not sure but I think the egg below used Borax.


The coolest eggs by far were these eggs which used Epsom salt. Tip: Epsom salt can be bought at Dollar Tree, for...you guessed it 1 dollar!!


The eggs (especially the Epsom salt eggs) were remarkably tough to break - but we had tremendous fun studying the crystals.



Oh, one tip. If you plan on making these start them several weeks in advance (unless you live in a really, really dry climate). It takes awhile for the mineral solution to evaporate.






I wrote a complete tutorial for these which you can find at Suite101.

I am sharing this at lots of great sites, check them out.




Easter Decor Day at Life as Lori



Growing our Own Garden: Easter Decor Inspiration Linky

12 comments:

  1. I love the texture of Epsom salt when added to any stuff..and this idea rocks!!
    Thanks for visiting Kosmic Chai Crafts, and the comment as well!

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  2. Wow, I've never seen salt do that before! What a fun project:)

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  3. Those are so cool, my kids would love to do an "experiment" like this, thanks for the idea!

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  4. Great idea. My Daughter is going to love it!!

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  5. that is so cool!

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  6. Awesome! I can't wait to try these with my daughters!

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  7. LOVE love love love this. Just posted about it at my kids design blog!

    http://www.smallforbig.com/2010/03/geode-easter-eggs-startem-now.html

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  8. What a great project! I linked on my weekly roundup - thanks so much for sharing! (Love those dollar stores :>))

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  9. Awesomeness! I'll have to run over and check out your tutorial :)

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  10. Anonymous6:20 PM

    this is like the ugliest thing ever wat r u be talkin about!!

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