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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Rock Candy

Today’s Too Tired to Try Tuesday idea comes from my friend Carrie at Short Stack Stitches. She and her daughter have started doing weekly experiments, and this one — in addition to creating a yummy result — carries a lot of learning with it. That’s right, rock candy is tasty, and creating it can be very educational. 🙂

rock candy

Photo courtesy of Carrie at Short Stack Stitches

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 to 3 cups of sugar (we used 2)
  • 1-2 clothespins (we used 2)
  • 1 wooden dowel or skewer
  • 1 tall, narrow jar
  • Food coloring, vanilla (optional)

You’ll then need a few days to grow your candy. It starts with some sugar dissolving and dowel dipping and rolling, and then after a few days, you have your candy.

To see Carrie’s complete post with step-by-step instructions and photos (plus a video!), along with some things Carrie and her daughter learned from this experiment, please click here. While you’re there, please also check out all of Carrie’s adorable handmade items (she has capes [yup, I said capes], lovies, blankets, and more)!

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)

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