Make a Salt Crystal Geode with Easter Leftovers

When we decorate Easter eggs, I poke holes in the ends of the egg and drain it out and then rinse the shell out.  This is the way I did it as a child so this is how I do it with my girls.  It allows the decorated shells to stick around a bit longer and makes for a decorative center piece.

Make a Salt Crystal Geode with Easter Leftovers

This year I remembered a fun science experiment you can do with the shells – make a salt crystal geode!  All you need is egg shells, salt, boiling water and a small cup or bowl.  Food dye is optional but it makes for a pretty geode. Full instructions can be found on Science Notes.  

Make a Salt Crystal Geode with Easter Leftovers

I have a collection of plastic cups that I save for kitchen science experiments, and these were the perfect size for keeping the eggs upright.  I filled the eggs with boiling water and the dissolved salt, and we set them aside.  In out kitchen, it took just over a week and a half to evaporate and leave behind some fantastic crystals.

Make a Salt Crystal Geode with Easter Leftovers

A simple science experiment, basic ingredients and a cool outcome!  The girls loved checking in on the crystal growth throughout the experiment, and they were quite please with the results.

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