Simple Snow Science Experiment

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Snow Science Winter Snow Melting Activity Sensory Science Play

Happy New Year! We have so enjoyed all of our wonderful science experiments this past year! Did you see our 13 best of 2013 (click here)?. This year we will be doing more simple science experiments but also including some simple journaling to go along with each experiment. It won’t be a whole lot and I won’t force it on him. I hope he will draw a little something and I will write and help him talk about our observations. Eventually I hope he will try some letters with me but no rush! Here’s a great simple snow science experiment with snow that is easy and fun for everyone! I attempted snow balls but not the right kind of snow! You can find another great snowball experiment over at Sugar Aunts with their actual snowball experiment

Set up

For this snow science experiment you need one important ingredient! Snow! I sent him out to gather the snow in the backyard. Collecting materials is a great way to include your child!

snow melt science gathering snow


It might get a little wet inside so put down some towels. I grabbed a bunch of clear containers and a couple scoops. I also set out a journal and his colored pencils as a journaling station.

snow melt science set up


Getting Started

To start this snow science experiment we put a one cup scoop of snow in each container so there would be an equal amount in each container to observe. Cold work! Liam’s first reaction to bringing snow inside was that it would melt. Yes, he is right and what a good observation!

snow melt activity preparing containers

I was surprised how eager Liam was to sit down and work on a journal page for this snow science experiment! I talked to him a little about what a journal means and how we keep notes and ideas about our experiments in it. I suggested he draw some snow. Again he prefers a concrete idea to go with, so I suggested he draw 6 containers of snow since that is what we had made. He did a great job. Then together we made some guesses as to what would happen. Which ones might melt the slowest and fastest. I have to say he was pretty right! I did have to help him think it out, but we don’t feed him phrases as he often will just repeat what we say. Have to be clever! Then I asked him to tell me which one he thought would take the longest and shortest out of those. Great guesses.


We went around and looked at the results 2 separate times, approximately 30 mins after being placed 

snow melt room placement results 2

2 hours after being placed

snow melt results 3

Journal Results

To complete this snow science experiment, we just had to finish our journal entry. Liam did not want to draw anything more but was willing to make an X next to which was the fastest melting and the slowest melting. I hope this journaling experience will be a fun part of our science experiments in 2014!

snow melt journal results

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  1. I love the science journal! I think Kay would be into that idea because “Sid the Science Kid” has one too 🙂

  2. I love this activity and how you and Liam placed containers throughout his learning environment to experience different results. The journaling idea is awesome as comparisons can be made if you decide to extend the activity. I now have a bin filled with items just for snow play for my (home) daycare children. Last year when it snowed, I misplaced my bag of spray bottles and food coloring for snow painting during my storage reorganizing of daycare materials in the basement. I actually didn’t find the bag until the summer :-/ I also stock the kiddy stretch gloves just in case a parent or two forgets to send them. They are not the best protection against the elements, but better than none.

  3. This is a great experiment. I love the idea of the journal and how it will inspire future investigations. My kids would like getting to collect snow and bring it inside!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. I just love melting experiments and including the journal is a great literacy activity as well as getting kids used to recording their science experiments.

    Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tots just letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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