Holiday science project: Grow a Christmas Tree!

Christmas is almost here, and what better fun to have than growing our very own mini Christmas tree!

Getting started
The contents of the kit were simple – 2 cardboard pieces, a packet of solution, a dish, and decorations for the tree.

Contents of tree kit

Contents of tree kit

Step 1: Assembling the tree
First to separate the board forming the “branches” of the tree, then to fit the 2 pieces together. Easy peasy.

C separating the "branches"

C separating the “branches”

Assembled tree

Assembled tree

Step 2: Pouring in the solution
C got the honour of “watering” the tree.

C "watering" the tree

C “watering” the tree

Step 3: Wait!
C couldn’t wait for the tree to start growing “leaves”, and kept going to examine the tree. 8 hours later she reported excitedly that the tree had sprouted leaves:

Tree sprouts "leaves"!

8 hours later: Tree sprouts “leaves”!

Once the process started, the “leaves” grew more rapidly. Here’s what we saw:

10 hours later: Tree takes shape

10 hours later: Tree takes shape

It was bedtime, but we promised C that she would get to see the fully-grown tree once she woke up. She was amazed when she saw the tree covered with green “leaves”. To quote her: “Ooooooooh! Pretty!”

20 hours later:  Ready for decoration!

Step 4: Decorate!
C couldn’t wait to decorate the tree. She put on the tinsel and glitter (and causing some of the “leaves” to fall off, haha).

Putting on the finishing touch

Putting on the finishing touch

Our DIY Christmas tree! All that is left to do is to place little presents below 🙂

Our DIY Christmas tree!

Our DIY Christmas tree!

Lessons learnt
C got to witness the process of crystallisation, and felt the “leaves” disintegrating into powder (yes, she couldn’t resist touching the tree!)
I have not explained the process of crystallisation yet, as I prefer to keep her marvelling at the magical process for now.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Beaming C with her tree

Beaming C with her tree

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