Since we have snow a bit early this year I thought it would be fun to explore some things to do with it and ways to make it a bit more enjoyable.
Take 5 clear cups outside: (You may want to label the cups 1-5) Fill one with freshly fallen snow (try not to pack it into the cup). Fill second with freshly fallen snow (Really pack it into the cup). Fill third cup with snow that is close to the ground (try not to pack it into the cup). Fill fourth cup with snow that is close to the ground (Really pack it into the cup). Use the fifth cup to collect any ice you can find to fill cup.
Bring all cups inside and check the time. Measure each cup to see how high the snow/ice is. If you have a food scale you can weigh each cup too. Watch (and time) to see which cup melts the fastest and slowest. Measure how much water is left in each cup after they all melt. Weigh each cup to see if there is any change in weight. Observe each cup (use a magnifying glass if possible) to see if there is anything in the cups other than water.
Snow Coloring: Put a few drops of food coloring into a spray bottle filled with water, spray the snow bank with colorful water to create cool pictures.
Snowball Practice: decorate a few paper plates with crayons or other colors (many of these will run when wet, but that makes it even more fun) tape the plates to long sticks, any kind will do, just make sure you have enough of the stick to push into the snow so the plate is standing up. I have used; branches, paint mixing sticks, yard sticks (with two plates on it), plant posts..have fun!!
Go for a footprint hike: Winter is a great time to see the tracks of many animals. Today while walking my dog, I saw the tracks of mice, rabbits, squirrels, birds, people and yes, my dog. Make different tracks in the snow by hopping, skipping, jumping, walking backwards, sideways, toes in, toes out....Make a train track by scooting or dragging your feet in a long figure 8 or circle.
Do a what happens if it freezes Experiment: Fill a pop or recyclable water bottle with water to the top (a tiny bit of air is ok) and put lid on tightly. Put outside and wait. What happened and why? Try this with water and a bit of salt (about 1/4 teaspoon) and some food coloring... What happens if we put vegetable oil in a water bottle and let it freeze? what happens if we put vegetable oil, food coloring and water in a bottle and let it freeze?
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