Have you ever made winter snowflakes using borax? It is pretty easy and the kiddos always get a kick out of it. It is a project that needs adult supervision, because you use very hot water with the borax. I have been doing it for years with my kindergarten students and have never had any safety issues. I have an adult mix up the borax and hot water in big buckets or tubs. I have never used an exact recipe, but you want the solution to become totally saturated with borax. We used about 1-2 cups of borax per gallon of water. The children make the snowflakes using pipe cleaners and we help tie one end to a string. Then we tie the other end of the string to rulers or anything else that you can set on top of the buckets. Dunk the pipe cleaners into the borax solution and leave them overnight or longer.
Here are mine sitting in the solution:
I got my whole class done in two tubs this size. It is a quick and fairly easy small group or center activity. Then you can have the kids write about how they did it, or how beautiful and sparkly the snowflake is. Or, you can just put them up in your classroom and enjoy them!
Happy Teaching everyone!