Simple science experiments are one of our favorite activities at home and school. I used this Insta-Snow powder in the classroom and now my son gets to enjoy it, too. Just water and some Insta-Snow is all you need to create a scientific learning experience for your little learners.
How To Make Snow
Little man was a little sad when Christmas came and there was no snow outside. I decided it was time to share a simple science experiment with my little guy that I LOVED doing at school. So, I grabbed my bag of Insta-Snow, a measuring cup and large bowl.
We followed the directions on the bag by adding 1 teaspoon of polymer to 2 ounces of water…then little man stood there in amazement as snow formed! But, after the initial, “I made SNOW!” wore off it was time to kick it up a notch.
The Math Behind Snow
We placed the snow we made into a blue bowl and decided to make more snow…but how? We knew that we needed to follow the directions to make more snow and it would just take WAY TOO LONG to make it 2 ounces at a time. We decided to fill up our measuring cup to 6 ounces of water.
Now it was time for little man to determine how many scoops of polymer we needed to make snow. Time for some skip counting! I reminded him that 1 scoop is used for 2 ounces, so we could count by 2’s to 6 and figure out how many scoops we needed.
We both held up one finger at a time as we counted 2, 4, 6…with 3 fingers in the air he knew just what to do. After adding 3 scoops, or 3 teaspoons, or polymer we had more snow to add to our bowl.
Now, it was time to play and enjoy our snow! We will continue to experiment with the snow throughout the winter by practicing handwriting, driving in the snow, color mixing and more! You can grab the Insta-Snow here and find more fun science experiments here or on Steve Spangler’s website.