If you have snow, you will want to get outside for this winter science snow volcano! Cool winter STEM that the kids will LOVE to get their hands on. The seasons can provide a great opportunity to put twists on the classic science experiments. If you don’t have snow, don’t worry! You can also make this one in the sandbox or at the beach.
WINTER SCIENCE SNOW VOLCANO ACTIVITY
WINTER THEME SCIENCE WITH SNOW
Get the kids outside this winter (whether it’s in the snow or the sandbox) and build a snow volcano for winter science (sandbox volcano for summer science)! Kids can explore a favorite chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar with an easy to build volcano made out of snow. Plus you can leave the mess outside!
This winter chemistry activity is perfect for kids of all ages to work on together making it perfect for both classroom and home activities.
Snow is a great science supply that can be readily available during the winter season provided you live in the right climate. If you find yourself without snow science supplies, our winter science ideas feature plenty of snow-free science and STEM activities to try.
WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
These make great winter science activities for preschoolers through second grade! You can also check out some of our latest winter science activities below:
SUPPLIES FOR SNOW VOLCANO
- Baking soda
- Warm water
- Dish soap
- Red food coloring
- Tall cup or plastic bottle
SNOW VOLCANO SET UP
You will want to make sure to have plenty of baking soda and vinegar ready because the kids! Change out the food coloring if desired or make a rainbow of snow volcanos.
In a tall cup or plastic bottle, add 1 tablespoon of dish soap, fill halfway with baking soda and mix in 1/4 cup of warm water. If you use a bottle with a more narrow opening, you may get your lava to shoot up a bit into the air! You can see this in our sandbox volcano.
You can add several drops of red food coloring in the cup (the more food coloring the darker the lava). Of course you can experiment with your own colors too.
Place the cup in the snow and build a snow volcano around the cup. You want to pack the snow right up to the cup and make sure you can’t see the cup. Just mame sure to leave a hole in the top for the lava to come out.
You can now have the kids pour the vinegar in the top of the volcano and watch it erupt (the more vinegar the bigger the eruption). Go ahead and repeat as desired with more vinegar and baking soda.
BAKING SODA VOLCANO SCIENCE
Whether you make this snow volcano in the snow, the sand, or on the kitchen counter, the science is still the same. A baking soda and vinegar volcano science is a simple chemistry experiment that kids know and love.
When you make a snow volcano, you are mixing an acid (the vinegar) and a base (baking soda) which then produces a gas called carbon dioxide. This gas is fizzy and bubbly, but when you add in the dish soap you get extra frothy bubbles.
In chemistry when you mix two or materials you get a new substance and this activity the substance is the gas! You can now also explore states of matter including solids, liquids, and gasses in this snowy winter science.
The next time you have a snowy day with a little time on your hands, send the kids outside with all the necessary supplies to make a snow volcano!