Winter Science Experiments

Winter Science ExperimentsWell, happy (belated) new year! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ll credit it to holiday festivities, getting engaged, and wanting to just drink tea and read while it’s cold out. There are just so many more fun things to be doing! But I’m trying to get my blogging mojo back, so I’m going to share some very fun winter themed science activities we’ve been doing.

A co-worker of mine and I have been doing a family science day on the weekends that we work this winter.  It’s a four part series involving different activities each week. Here are links to the activities we used/will use:

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DIY Borax Snowflakes

So far we’ve only hosted the first two, but they have both been raging successes! We’ve had surprisingly high turn out for these and lots of parents telling us that they are so thrilled to have something to do with their kids on the weekends in the cold winter months. I think winter is a great time for programming because people are looking for indoor activities and wanting to get out of the house.

The Borax snowflakes turned out very cool. We had the kids make them over the weekend and we kept them at the library over night. The kids came by over the next week to pick up their completed projects. We talked about how snowflakes form while making our solutions.

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Snowflakes forming in their Borax solutions.

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Finished product!

IMG_1718The erupting snow experiment was SO fun! The shaving cream and baking soda create a powdery mixture that feels cool to the touch due to the fact that they bond through an endothermic reaction. The kids had so much fun playing with the “snow”. When I demonstrated the second chemical reaction of the day by adding vinegar one little girl shouted, “IT’S A SNOW VOLCANO!” And it really was… this works the same way as the classic volcano experiment where the baking soda and vinegar react creating carbon dioxide gas which mixes with the liquid creating the form and creates pressure in the container making it appear to erupt as it takes up more space. I pulled a few science experiment books from our collection to do some research about the science behind these activities… can you tell?!

These activities were really fun and great for the parents and kids to do together. I’m excited to do more int he coming weeks!

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