When the weather is too cold to make it outside for play, enjoy simple winter science inside! Set up an invitation to make a winter snow storm in a jar science experiment. Kids will love creating their own snowstorms with common household supplies, and they can even learn a bit about simple science in the process too. Find everything you need below to get started.
WINTER SNOW STORM IN A JAR SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!
The best part of this winter science experiment is that you don’t need any actual snow to enjoy it! That means everyone can try it, and you probably already have tried something similar if you have ever tried the homemade lava lamp science activity!
We have extra freezing cold temperatures here right now as does much of the country. You don’t have to be stuck on screens if you are stuck inside, make your very own snow storm in a jar science experiment instead.
This is a classic science with a seasonal twist and one extra special ingredient you will find listed below. Simple science is our favorite and seasonal theme science is another favorite, whether you love making slime or exploring cool reactions, we have it all.
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If you are looking for more awesome science all year round, scroll down to the bottom to check out all our resources. Learn how easy it is to set up science at home with your kids or find fun new ideas to bring into the classroom.
Some more quick and fun winter science ideas we have enjoyed this week include learning how to make frost on a can, engineering our own snowball launcher for indoor snowball fights and kids physics, and exploring how polar bears stay warm with blubber science!
SUPPLIES FOR A SNOW STORM IN A JAR OR CUP
Oil (vegetable oil or baby oil)
White Washable School Paint
Alka Seltzer Tablets
Cup, Jar, or Bottle
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SNOW STORM IN A JAR SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
Let’s get started with making your very own winter snow storm in a jar science activity! You have a choice when it comes to the oil you use in this activity. Here’s your options.
Cooking oil is cheap and most likely you have a ton of it on hand. If not I recommend picking some up, see our homemade science kit. However, as you can see, cooking oil does have a yellow hue to it. Baby oil is much more expensive, but it’s clear. You can see the difference below.
Pick a vase or jar big enough to hold several cups of liquid. If you don’t have one big enough, you can cut the supplies used in half or to whatever proportion you need.
- Add 1 cup of water to the vase
- Mix in 1 tsp of paint (acrylic glitter paint works well too)
- Add the oil to fill almost to the top of the cup.
- Break the tablet into pieces and drop one at a time into the oil. You may want to add additional pieces for a blizzard!
- Observe the reaction that takes place.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SNOW STORM IN A JAR
Exploring liquid density and chemical reactions all in one easy to set up science activity in a jar!
There are a couple fun science concepts going on here if you look closely! The first thing to point out or ask the kids about is the density of the liquids being used.
Is water lighter or heavier than oil? Make sure it’s noticed that the oil sits on top of the water. What happens to the paint? Liquid density is fun to explore with kids. Our sugar rainbow is another way to explore liquid density.
I am pretty sure everyone observed the reaction that happened when the tablet was dropped into the cup. This reaction is what creates an awesome snow storm effect. The table contains acid and base that when mixed with the water, creates the bubbles. We have quite a few experiments that fizz, pop, and bang here.
The bubbles are a result of the carbon dioxide gas that is released during the chemical reaction. To make the snow effect, the bubbles pick up the white paint and carry it to the surface. Once the bubbles reach the surface they pop and the paint/water mixture drops back down!
CREATIVE WINTER SCIENCE FOR KIDS
We love creating simple science at home. Look how easy and entertaining this was for the kids. I hope you add more science to your season with more of our awesome winter science ideas.
Check out the resources below for bringing science into the home or classroom all year round!
CREATE A WINTER SNOW STORM IN A JAR SCIENCE ACTIVITY