Can you Grow Glowing Crystals?

 

Image by Lindsey Clair

As a homeschooling parent, are you always searching for fun and exciting yet very educational science experiments?  Science experiments most definitely are great for science enrichment activities and what better than hands on?

Just recently, my oldest daughter (8) and I were discussing crystals and came across a very intriguing crystals experiment that we just needed to give a try.  The name of the experiment is “Glowing Crystals.”  My 8 year old was beyond ecstatic to jump on board this experiment as how exciting does growing your own crystals sound and ones that even glow in the dark?  The instructions stated that the crystals would develop over night.  Unfortunately, this did not happen even upon following the instructions step by step.  Maybe a faulty experiment?  Could be, but even almost two weeks later the chemicals have slowly crystallized like that of foam on top of a water surface as you can see in the picture below. We are supposed to be able to pick out the crystals and place them in a transparent treasure chest and put them in a dark room to watch them glow.  We have not been able to get to step two of the experiment because of the slow crystal growth.

Image by Lindsey Clair

The box is quite appealing as you can see in the picture above.  The instructions were very straight forward about safety with chemicals and provided goggles as well.  Is it worth the cost?  It would most definitely be worth the price if the crystals would have cooperated.  I am sure in other circumstances it may work properly for others.  We have high hopes that the crystals will still form to move onto step 2.

How about you?  Have you ever tried this particular experiment with growing glow in the dark crystals?  Did it work out the way it was intended?  I would love to hear from you.

The Glowing Crystals Experiment was provided to me for review by Imagine Toys, a Michigan based company.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.