We love the summer, but the kids have been really missing doing crafts and science experiments like we do during the winter. We spend so much time outside, going places, and enjoying the sunshine, that we don’t spend too much time doing school work. I know everyone does homeschooling differently, this is just the way we are currently doing it with our 4 and 3 year old.
So my kids were so excited when I told them we were going to do a science experiment the other night, when we made homemade snow from the blog Growing a Jeweled Rose. When doing science experiments with the little ones, I try to start incorporating science vocabulary without making it seem boring. So I told the kids we would be mixing together baking soda and shaving cream, and asked them if they had any hypotheses or guesses on what would happen.
What you will need for Homemade Snow:
- Baking Soda
- Shaving Cream
1. In a bowl, measure out some baking soda- we used 1 cup. The first time, we made it in one bowl, but after that, I’ve given the kids their own bowls.
2. Begin adding shaving cream, stirring together. I found it was easier to mix it using my hands- and the kids thought this was hilarious. Add until it’s a good consistency.
The homemade snow will feel cold (not freezing) to the touch, and is fun for the kids to play with. This seriously got the most play time of recent experiments. It even got more play time than that Peanut Butter Play Dough (since it mysteriously kept getting eaten!), which up until now was their favorite experiment.
After the kids had played for a while, I got out the vinegar.
3. Make hypotheses about what will happen when vinegar is added. Mound up the homemade snow and add vinegar by the capful or dropper-full and see the reaction as the homemade snow turns to bubbles.
If your kids are anything like mine, you will need to repeat this experiment at least once. My kids have been asking to make homemade snow every day since we first did it last week!
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