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Crystal growing kit for dd1.

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loubielou31 Mon 30-Nov-15 20:31:00

Dd 8 wants a science kit for Christmas. I have been reliably informed that most home chemistry kits that you can buy these days are crap because the chemicals that made them interesting are now considered too dangerous to use at home. (Dh swears he had a nuclear kit when he was younger!) But that the crystal ones are still pretty good.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a particular kit please?

Chottie Mon 30-Nov-15 21:13:02

No recommendations but I can remember getting crystal gardens (as they were called) for my DC. They really enjoyed watching the crystals grow.

TheWrathofNaan Mon 30-Nov-15 21:16:20

Amazon do crystal trees that grow in a day -great fun and very cheap!

loubielou31 Mon 30-Nov-15 21:45:17

I'very ordered a couple of tree things, they do look good. I'm looking for something a bit more sciencey if that makes sense.

Cressandra Mon 30-Nov-15 21:48:53

We are going for a decent book of science experiments instead. I remember growing crystals from a saturated solution of washing soda and a paperclip when I was little, so we'll give that a go.

Trickydecision Mon 30-Nov-15 23:21:36

I have just bought a Crystal growing kit from The Works. It was in a '2 for £10' offer so I got a "Make hideous things like snot" kit as well. No idea how good the crystal kit is, but the pictures on the box look excellent. hmm

5madthings Mon 30-Nov-15 23:24:27

The 4m crystal growing kit which you can get from brightminds. Co.UK is fab. That site as a whole is good.

5madthings Mon 30-Nov-15 23:25:45

Blowninonabreeze Mon 30-Nov-15 23:36:22

this one is pretty good and detailed although as with all crystal growing, requires patience!

loubielou31 Tue 01-Dec-15 16:59:52

Thank you for those. I'll see which one suits us best but a little inside knowledge helps.
Trickydecision she would also like the snot ones but I'm not sure I do. fconfused

missmargot Tue 01-Dec-15 18:30:22

Not very helpful but growing crystals from a kit I got when I was 8 or 9 is one of my happiest childhood Christmas memories grin

G1veMeStrength Tue 01-Dec-15 18:34:11

I've bought a bag of copper sulphate compound to do this with. I was going to buy a kit but read an amazon review saying the kit wasn't great and they made their own with csc instead. Just got to remember to google for instructions actually so thanks for the reminder!

traviata Tue 01-Dec-15 21:27:57

loubielou your DH might have had one of these. Terrifying!

loubielou31 Fri 04-Dec-15 13:32:29

He's not old enough for that set but maybe he really did have one. Can you imagine being allowed to sell something like that now!shock

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