Two second snow science

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 7, 2014

in Science and Nature, Simple Snow Science

Winter Play

If you are experiencing the freezing, bitter cold weather then welcome to my world. School has been cancelled and kids are stuck at home. We have had so much snow that I can’t get out of my garage and my grandsons are at home with mommy and daddy…

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But to make the most of this -12 degree cold winter weather, lots of folks are at home doing fun and very scientific experiments like this two second snow my grandson and his daddy tried. First you need some boiling water…

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Now pour your boiling water into a cup or bowl (handle with care and only adults should do this part in case you are wondering)…

Simple Snow Science by Teach Preschool

Now ask your kids to tell you what they think will happen when you toss the water in the freezing cold air (remember, it is -12 degrees Fahrenheit here so its really got to be freezing cold for this to work). And bundle up and head out for a quick second outside and give mom a cheesy grin before you go…

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Get ready for the wow effect! Toss the water into the air and watch it burst into snow!! So cool that my grandson asked to do it again. (make sure you toss it far away from you so the wind won’t blow that hot water back on you!”)…

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And yes, you know it is a real snow day when everyone stays dressed in their jammies all day to run outside for a two second simple science experiment…

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Simple but so much scientific information and language and predicting and hypothesizing going on in that two second science experiment. So while I stay stuck at home painting on the easel with my little snowman, I get to at least enjoy the photos being sent over by my daughter…

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See more great science ideas

Now if you are stuck at home then you should really take the time to hop over to Housing a Forest and check out this dad’s really cool simple science videos he did at home.  This dad (Nathan) happens to be a school principle as well so he is all about kids and cool ideas!

Winter in Indiana

And just for my own documentation of the record breaking midwest winter, I have added a couple of winter collages of things we see and do around my home below…

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Winter Play Collage

Outside snow play

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1 MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO January 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

great pics! and expierence!
thanks for sharing! as usual!
MIRIAM from ARGENTINA. (HERE WE ARE SUFFERING A HEAT WAVE) A VERY HOTTER SUMMER.
so pls can u send us a lot of snow and cold!
jijijijiji!
love& hugs.

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2 Eleanor Ling January 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

I love reading your blog! It’s so fun especially this science experiment! I am studying in teacher college in Malaysia and I have been searching for preschool activities and I think this is the best blog I have ever met! Simple yet point-taken! I am from Malaysia and I have never experience snow here so it’s very interesting looking at this creative experiment! Even I myself am amazed by it! Keep it up!

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3 Andrea January 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Hi Deborah, I noticed you don’t post a disclaimer. While common sense SHOULD prevail, I’d hate for you to be blamed if someone is hurt while trying this experiment. Apparently, several people have tried it and ended up with burns. http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/a-whole-bunch-of-people-threw-boiling-water-in-the-air-to-wa

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4 Jenn January 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

How cold does it need to be?!

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5 Courtney Floyd January 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

It was SUPER cold here, Jenn! Below zero with 20-30 mph winds.

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6 Inspirations ELC January 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

20 second snow has been very popular here in northern Ohio this week, I may be the only one who hasn’t tried it, but we did freeze bubbles! Check it out! http://inspirationselc.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/frozen-bubbles/

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7 Marcia Fowler January 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I’ve never wanted freezing weather to continue, but now I do. Can’t wait to try this with the kids!

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8 Vanessa @Pre-K Pages January 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I absolutely adore the picture of the snowman outside with the easel! And your family is lovely too :)

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9 Rhythm January 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Oh, I have never seen so much snow! I have a hard time imagining it. But your experiment is absolutely fantastic!! Thanks for sharing all the pictures!
Rhythm

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