I love Pinterest. I find it such a great source of inspiration and idea. Sometimes I struggle to stop pinning and start doing, but I love it none the less.
I pinned this a while back but thought of waiting until Christmas to make one was just too much for this Koala to bear. One night I put Em to bed and let Ava stay up. I told her we were doing a science experiment.
I laid out all the ingredients and we had fun while she tried to guess what we were going to make. I decided to use pink glittery pipe cleaners in the hope it would add to the sparkle!
Shaping the Pipe Cleaner
Seeing as it wasn't Christmas we couldn't really make a snowflake so unsurprisingly we settled on a love heart. Ava is 7, love hearts are all the rage with everything!
Basically you mix 1/3 cup borax with 500ml boiling water. I don't think my water was quite hot enough because the borax didn't mix in very well. As this stage I started to get a bit worried and thought I'd better prep Ava for possible failure.
Clearly unnecessary as she comes back with "Don't worry Mum, there are no guarantees in Science". Whilst I don't completely agree (after all why else would we have Constants), it was nice that she was learning about realistic expectations at school. I decided close to bed time was not the right time to start a debate and we left it at that!
15 minutes later
We left it over night with strict instructions not to touch if she got up before me. 15 minutes later she was in bed and I started to worry. It wasn't quite looking the same as the original.
Hanging in the Sun
We needn't have worried though, it worked really well! I don't think the photos do it justice. Hanging in the Sun it looks really special. We are already looking forward to making a whole bunch of them to hang outside at Christmas time.