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Kids Elite Presents: Shell Substitution in Crystal Growing Experiment!

Introduction: Dear parents and esteemed students, we're thrilled to unveil an innovative twist to the classic Borax Crystal Growing Experiment, brought to you by the creative minds at Kids Elite! Join us as we explore the wonders of crystal growth with a unique substitution – shells!

Experiment Overview: In this experiment, our students will embark on an exciting journey of crystal formation using shells as a substitute for traditional pipe cleaners. By harnessing the natural beauty and intricate structure of shells, we aim to discover new possibilities in crystal growth while nurturing creativity and scientific exploration.


  • Borax powder

  • Boiling water

  • Shells (cleaned and prepared)

  • String or fishing line

  • Pencils or sticks

  • Mason jars or glasses

  • Food coloring (optional)

Experiment Steps:

  1. Begin by selecting clean and prepared shells of various shapes and sizes. Ensure each shell has a hole or space for threading the string.

  2. Boil water and pour it into mason jars or glasses. Add borax powder to the boiling water, stirring until fully dissolved. You can add food coloring to the solution for colorful crystals.

  3. Thread a piece of string through each shell, ensuring it can hang freely in the borax solution without touching the sides or bottom of the jar.

  4. Submerge the shells in the borax solution, using pencils or sticks to suspend them in the solution.

  5. Place the jars in a safe location and allow the crystals to grow undisturbed for 24-48 hours.

  6. Once the crystals have formed, carefully remove the shell-covered strings from the solution and let them dry on a paper towel.

Why Use Shells? Shells offer a unique and visually stunning alternative to traditional pipe cleaners. Their intricate patterns and natural textures provide an exciting canvas for crystal growth, resulting in one-of-a-kind creations that showcase the beauty of nature.

Conclusion: The Shell Substitution in Crystal Growing Experiment conducted by Kids Elite students opens up new avenues for creativity and exploration in the realm of crystal science. By incorporating shells into this classic experiment, we not only discover the fascinating process of crystal growth but also celebrate the diversity and beauty of the natural world. We encourage everyone to try this experiment at home and witness the magic of crystal formation with shells!

At Kids Elite, we're dedicated to fostering curiosity and innovation through hands-on experiments and scientific exploration. Join us as we continue to push the boundaries of discovery and inspire young minds to reach for the stars!

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