Everyday Crystals Are Amazing

Children love to watch crystals form. They are most interested in the natural crystals we see every day (salt, sugar and ice). The first unit in the new year involves taking a look at the common crystals and their properties. The first area to see a change is the Discovery Area. Make or buy white play dough and add opal glitter. Provide dough tools and this simple activity will add strength to the fine motor skills and inspire creativity.


Snow Playdough

½ cup salt
1 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil (coconut oil works great)
White liquid water color

What you do
Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan.
Add liquid water color to the water to get a white color.
Add colored water and coconut oil to dry ingredients.
Stir over heat until dough is pliable.

Once playdough is cool enough, kneed in some opal glitter.

Allow to cool and store in a well sealed plastic bag or container.