In our neck of the woods, White Valentine's Days are more common than White Christmases - at least that is how it seems. So, we thought that we would share these 10 snow science ideas with you all this month!
Before we do that, if you want to learn more about how snowflakes form, check out this snowflake video collection. Let's get going...
Everybody loves to go sledding! As you whoosh down the hills, here are a few things you can test to learn about the physics of sledding:
Put a slide in the fridge for a few hours to chill it. Then, head outside with your microscope and chilled slide. Collect a few flakes and view them under the microscope.
Fill a clear container with snow and then guess at where the water level will be once the snow melts. This will take several hours depending on the size of your container, so if you really can't wait, pop it in the microwave for 15-second intervals until the snow has melted.
All you need is some snow, vanilla, sugar, and milk to transform the powdery white stuff into a tasty snow treat! Here's the recipe for making snow cream from Hip Homeschool Moms.
You can dig it out or build it up. Either way, planning and building a snow fort is a great way to learn about engineering!
Building a snowman is another fantastic way to exercise your students STEM muscles. As they build, talk about how why the balls get smaller and smaller as you place them on top of each other.
Measuring and recording on a bar graph the snowfall at regular intervals, like every hour, will help your students to feel like little scientists.
Sprinkle a little rock salt on a snowy step, wait a few minutes, and observe what has happened. The salt lowers the freezing point of water, which causes the snow to melt and evaporate away.
Animal tracks can be super easy to find and follow in the freshly fallen snow. Take a quick walk around your neighborhood just after the snow ends to see who has been out and about.
Everybody loves bubbles, but the frozen variety is very fragile. You can blow bubbles directly on the snow and observe it as it freezes!
We trust that these ten activities will keep you busy as you enjoy the snow outside your window. But we also know that it never hurts to have a few more ideas to do once you head back inside!
For more ideas, check out this activity on which one freezes first or our Seasonal Science Pinterest Board below!
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