Last month my son was thrilled to finally start Kindergarten. His favorite class? STEM! He’s all about science. Now he’s pretty excited to conduct science experiments none the less… but what better way to have fun with science than connecting it to Marvel superheros, which are his favorite! In less than a month, Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE arrives in theaters. While the movie is centered around the subject of magic, if you recall in previous Marvel films (especially in the THOR movies), magic is considered a science!
So obviously I’m not teaching my son magic. Nope, not that talented, and trust me, I don’t have secret Sorcerer Supreme powers. But I do know how to play with science! In the comics, Doctor Strange magic powers often take on the resemblance of a crystal ball, and of course there is the fact that he often relies on the Orb of Agamotto (which to me looks like a crystal ball!). I thought why not we grow our own crystals? This is actually a very safe and easy experiment to conduct. Plus once you grow the crystals, you could ideal place them in a ball, and then have your own crystal ball…
For this experiment we used Epsom salt. Now granted, the salt won’t create large magical rainbow looking crystals. These crystals are on the smaller side and quite delicate. The experiment crows many smaller crystals. How they turn out actually varies. Sometimes the crystals will grow more spiky with a needle-like effect, while other times they grow more rocky. During this particular experiment that I photographed for the post, our crystals grew more rock-like. None the less… my son still had a blast growing them!
Directions for DIY Crystals
First take your deep bowl, and pour in 2 cups of Epsom salts.
Now you’ll want to pour another cup of hot water into a separate container. Add in a few drops of food coloring to this hot water. My son choose blue!
Now take your spoon and give the mixture a really good stir. I’d say stir for at least 2 minutes. Once again, no worries if the salt does not dissolve. It is fine if there is salt resting at the bottom of your deep bowl.
Once that is done, stick your bowl in your refrigerator overnight. Try to place it in the coldest part! We placed ours all the way in the back. As the water evaporates, the crystals will start to grow! You may need to pour out the excess water to see the crystals.
Doctor Strange Trailer
This film hits theaters on November 4!
DOCTOR STRANGE trailer provided by Walt Disney Publications. All opinions are 100% my own.