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You Made It! I Love It!: Fun with Crystals

Sophie loves this fun and scientific look at crystals and how they grow.

I’m not sure if it’s because in my heart of hearts I’m a bit of a science geek, or because my dear Pop Yocom used to be a "rockhound" (an avid collector of rocks and minerals), but I’ve always been intrigued by the way crystals grow.

When I recently found Amy Olyler’s site, The Scientific Mom, while looking for new science projects for my upcoming Kidz Kamp, I knew I had to share her wonderful post.  Not only does it give you a helpful breakdown of exactly what a crystal is, and where you find them, but she shares 3 fun activities for growing and exploring your own crystals. 

One of the things I really love about Amy’s site is her explanations of what you are seeing, and why those things occur.  So often I find that bloggers post really fun science projects, but don’t explain the science very clearly.  Amy strips away all the mumbo-jumbo and gives you easy to understand, digestable tidbits that make the learning process doubly fun.

I highly recommend this site for anyone with curious kids.  Not only will your kids have fun, but I think you will learn something new in the process. And isn’t that really what working with kids is all about?  Rediscovering and learning things with a fresh new perspective?  It’s the thing that, like a crystal, adds a little sparkle to our everyday lives.