Our family has continued with school work despite the entire county (and surrounding counties) being out of school due to snow & ice. Luckily for my kids, we don’t rely on textbooks for learning. We decided to exchange one of our normal science lessons to go outside and play in the snow. Let me just say, Snow Day Science was a HIT!
Snow Day Science
1. Snow Volcano
Our little corner of the South got more snow than usual this week so we made the most of it with this Snow Day Science experiment. You can make your own Snow Volcano with Baking Soda, Hand Soap (for extra bubbles), Food coloring, and Vinegar!
The recommended amounts of baking soda, soap, food coloring, and vinegar are 2 tbsp, 2 tsp, 3-4 drops, and 1 cup respectively, but if you watch our video you will see that we just kind of wing things like this… I am guessing that we used a cup of baking soda, 1 tbsp soap, 10 drops of red food coloring, and 2 cups vinegar and it worked out great 🙂
You will need to place a cup or a jar on the snow and build up your volcano around it. Once you have your volcano to the desired size, put the baking soda into the cup. Then add the soap & food coloring. When you are ready for the eruption, add your vinegar and enjoy!
2. Melting Magic- Snow & Ice
What melts faster, ice or snow? How does the volume change after they melt? Does ice or snow hold more water? Find out with this simple experiment from STEAM Powered Family!
3. Blubber Experiment
How do arctic animals stay warm in constant freezing temperatures? Let your kiddos find out for themselves with this neat Blubber experiment!
4. Snowflake Science
Capture some snowflakes on a black sheet of paper and use the info from The Homeschool Scientist to teach your kids all about these mini wonders!
5. Snow & Salt
Which type of salt melts snow more quickly? Why does ice melt snow in the first place? This experiment will allow your kiddos to answer those questions with hands-on experience.
6. Snow Day Nature Study
Who says you can’t have nature studies during the winter? Take the kids outside to identify animal tracks in the snow. Depending on where you live, you might find bunny, deer, dog, cat, bird, and other tracks! Have fun playing detective to figure out which tracks belong to which animal.
7. Snow Density Test
Will snow sink or float? Does it make a difference if the snow is loose or packed? Find out with this simple project from Lessons 4 Little Ones!