Snowman in a bottle

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 2, 2013

in Science and Nature, Snowman in a Bottle

Next week, I will be sharing a series on discovery bottles as my part of the Kid Blogging Network series titled “The ABC’s of…”.  This series will run all throughout the week of January 7th through January 11th and there are tons of bloggers who will be sharing all kinds of posts from the ABC’s of literacy to the ABC’s of Cooking with Kids.  I will posts updates and links to the series throughout the week but in the meantime, as I prepare for my part of the ABC series – and while we have lots of snow on the ground – I want to share a snowman in a bottle and I am hoping the snow will stay around long enough so my students can give this activity a try when we get back to school…

ABC's of Discovery Bottles by Teach Preschool

The snowman in a bottle is a simple science exploration of melting snow.  Since science in early childhood education is all about building vocabulary as well as exploring new processes, the snowman in a bottle is an inviting process to introduce words such as cold, warm, snow, snowman, melt, solid, liquid, and time…

Snowman in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

To prepare for this activity, you will need plastic bottles (or this can also be done in plastic baggies), snow, and a way to add eyes and a nose.   I have tried this process in a baggie and in a bottle and it is just as fun either way…

Snowman in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

Begin by filling a bottle with snow which is more challenging than it may seem. It takes a little poking and pounding to get the snow into the bottle.  Once there seems to be plenty of snow in the bottle, then drop in a nose and add some eyes to the outside of the bottle…

Snowman in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

Next, set the bottle in a warm place or by a window with some sunlight so the snow will begin to melt. My snowman took about 1 hour to melt completely…

Snowman in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

For older preschoolers, you may want to include some simple documentation of the melting process.  One way to document the process is to have the children draw the snow man before it melts then again after it melts.  Here is my own documentation to give you the idea…

Snowman in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

 You will notice that the changes which can be documented include the change from snow to water and the movement of the nose. I didn’t wait to document until all or most of my snow melted but ideally, it would be better to wait…

Snowman in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

Once the snow melts all the way, the children can choose to fill the bottle back up again or take home their melted snowman.  You might even brainstorm how the children could keep a snowman from melting. I am looking forward to the conversations that will take place in my own classroom. Now if we can keep that snow around just a little longer…

Snowman in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

If you would like the pdf document I made for this process, just click here: Snowman in a Bottle PDF and save a copy for yourself!

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1 Barb tinker January 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Awesome for my class

2 MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO January 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

great idea! but here in ARGENTINA does’n snow! buuuuuuuuu so we can not do the activity. how can I adapt it?
HAPPY NEW YEAR! THE BEST FOR THIS 2013!
MIRIAM

3 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Well, you could fill a bottle with a small amount of water with a small object in the ice then let the ice thaw and as it does, the object will move if it is heavy enough, and the ice will change to water. Perhaps use different colors of water too!

4 Veens January 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

I was about the same question that Miriam here asked. Thank you for the suggestion – this would be a fun activity to introduce water and ice.

My son loves snowman.

5 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Oh and Happy New Year to you too!!

6 Stacey January 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

I have used shaved ice from a snow cone maker

7 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

That is an excellent idea Stacy!

8 Trisha January 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thanks for the PDF!

9 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

You are quite welcome:)

10 Cindy January 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

I LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing. I am not able to click on the PDF. Any suggestions?

11 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

Hmmm, sometimes these downloads can be so fickle!! Let me check it out.

12 Belinda January 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

This is a super idea and I can’t wait to try it when we get more snow.

13 Belinda January 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

Hi can you tell me what type of bottles you are using, because they are so cute & the appropriate size for small hands.

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hi Belinda,
These are aqua Pods. I find them at most grocery stores in my area right now. We use the mall thhe time:)

15 Kelly January 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm

What an adorable project! So simple and fun.

16 Cindy P. January 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas for teaching children! You are my number one go to resource! I just wanted to tell you about a preschool favorite I have been doing for years. I live in So. Cal. and it is hard to conceptualize snow and really cold weather. I take 3 large balloons and fill them with water to make 3 different sizes. I let them freeze in the freezer for a few days. I peel the laytex off to reveal large frozen balls of ice! With my class we count, touch, identify small smaller smallest and big bigger biggest, then pouring a bit of salt in between to cause them to fuse together we “build” our snowman! We give it a name and set it outside and check it throughout the preschool day to observe its size and the puddle it is making as it melts. A very wintery hands on fun learning activity!

17 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

I love it! What a wonderful exploration to share with your students and thank you for sharing this process here so others can read about it too! Although we live where there is snow, I might have to share this idea with my students too!

18 Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Looks like you found my post before I got back to comment on yours! Thank you for the terrific printable and fun science idea. My kids and I had a terrific time recreating it. Love your fun ideas!

19 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

It was really wonderful to find your post! It made my day!!

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