Snow Day Fun!

 

We hope that you enjoyed your first proper snow days of the year! As this year's forecasts have us braced for quite a bit more snow (perhaps even this Sunday!) we wanted to share a couple of fun STEM snow activities to keep your little ones busy. 

Snow Cream 

We know eating snow is a debated topic (more info on that here), but if your family decides that eating a little snow is ok with you then here is a fun recipe for Snow Cream. Take some tome to observe the physical changes, melt rate and general snow consistency along the way:

  • Mix together
    • 1 cup of whole milk or cream
    • 1/2 cup of maple syrup (or sugar although it may be a little grainy)
    • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
    • Pinch of sea salt
  • Add the mixture above to
    • 8 cups of fresh (CLEAN!) snow. You can even set your collection bowl out when the snow starts to fall to capture the freshest snow. 
  • Mix until the mixture forms an ice cream like consistency. Eat and Enjoy!

 

Erupting Snow

The science of chemistry is the study of matter and the chemical changes that matter undergoes. Explore Chemistry by combining different substances to try to form snow. Make sure to observe the properties of the substances before and after combining them. 

Materials

  • Baking Soda
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Vinegar 
  • Glitter (Optional)
  • Pipet/ Eye Dropper (Optional)
  • Container  

Instructions

  1. Mix equal parts of baking soda and sodium bicarbonate together in a container. Add glitter if desired.
  2. Use the pipet  (or just pour a little bit) to add vinegar to the snow mixture

Whats Happening? When baking soda and shaving cream are mixed together they form a number of new substances including but not limited to sodium stearate, carbon dioxide and water.  What makes the snow cold is the process of the liquid in the shaving cream evaporating. The reaction from the vinegar touching the baking soda creates bubbles that release carbon dioxide which is what creates the fizzy look.

We hope that you enjoyed your first proper snow days of the year! As this year's forecasts have us braced for quite a bit more snow (perhaps even this Sunday!) we wanted to share a couple of fun STEM snow activities to keep your little ones busy.