Growing a magic crystal tree

I enjoy buying unusual and unexpected gifts for children.  One of my favourites is kits for growing “crystal trees”.  These consist of cardboard tree shapes, impregnated with chemicals, which – when sprinkled with water – begin a chemical reaction, sprouting foliage-like crystals right before your eyes, over three or so days.  Enchanting and educational, both for children and their parents. 

There are many types on the market, usually available from educational and better-quality toy stores.  They’re not very expensive either, usually $10-$20.

Here’s one available on Amazon:


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