In January, the winter blues can hit hard. A cold and snowy winter tends to keep most people indoors, but who said you can’t bring the snow fun inside? Whether you have a lot of snow, none at all, or would rather just stay inside, here are some winter science activities to experiment, and simulate in your childcare program.
Melting Snowman Activity – Want to make the snow disappear? With this activity, you can almost do so. Decorate a biodegradable packing peanut (made of starch) like a snowman, and place it in warm water. Watch before your eyes as the snowman packing peanut melts.
Erupting Snowballs – This experiment produces a chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar. Using household ingredients and plenty of drying time, create the snowball that will eventually erupt. After the snowball dries, mix a solution (or solutions) of water, vinegar, and dish soap. Place the snowball in the solution and watch the eruption! Experiment with different combinations of solutions to find one that makes the best eruption!
Snow Dough – Bring the fun of snow inside! With the help of baking soda and some water, you can create your own version of snow. Combine one cup of baking soda, one-fourth cup of water, and glitter (optional). Place the combination into the freezer, wait for 15 minutes, then play with the snow!
Frozen Bubbles – Warning: this activity requires you to go outside on a very cold day. In order to make the bubbles you need regular bubble solution or create one using household ingredients( dish soap, water, and white corn syrup). Using a bubble wand you can blow bubbles or wave the wand around to create them. If the temperature is cold enough, it is possible for the bubble to freeze before it reaches the ground. Smaller bubbles will freeze faster than larger bubbles, but regardless this is an activity for all ages to experiment with!