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The Melting Snowman Experiment

Want to sneak in some winter fun this holiday break? This activity is perfect for kids of all ages, from preschool to kid-like adults, to enjoy. Your little ones will have snow much fun building an indoor snowman and melting it with science! The best part: you probably have most of the materials already! 

Materials Needed
  • 1-2 boxes of baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Food coloring (we used blue)
  • Bowl and spoon to mix it up
  • Container to put it in the freezer
  • Squirt bottle, eyedropper, or baster

 

Step 1

The Melting Snowman Experiment | Womple Studios

Let's make the most important part of this experiment, THE SNOW! Combine baking soda and water (and maybe a bit of food coloring for color) to get a nice moldable consistency. And add as much glitter as you want!

Step 2

The Melting Snowman Experiment | Womple Studios

Once everything is mixed together, get ready to build that handsome snowman! This is completely optional, but don't be afraid to give him the best face out there with eyes, a carrot nose, and mouth. Once you have the snowman built, you can freeze the mixture for a few hours or overnight. That's an optional step, but it'll make the melting more fun!

Step 3

The Melting Snowman Experiment | Womple Studios

Add some blue food coloring to vinegar, then begin pouring the mixture slowly over the snowman and watch him melt!   

The science behind this experiment is combing the baking soda and vinegar to create a chemical reaction! Baking soda = base, vinegar = acid. When combining the two, it creates a gas called carbon dioxide! The best part, your senses will be able to see and hear the chemical reaction happening! Yay for fun learning!

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