DIY STEAM: Melting Snowman
Try this STEAM experiment at home! You probably have everything you need right in your own kitchen cupboard.
What You’ll Need
- Baking Soda
- Dish Soap
- Snowman accessories (twigs, pipe cleaners, construction paper or anything else you can find!)
- Measuring spoons
- Room to make a mess!
- Mix together 1 cup of baking soda with 1 tbsp of salt; add 1 tsp of dish soap and mix well; add 4 tbsps of water
- Create your snowman!
- Your dough should be able to hold a ball shape. You may need to add more water or baking soda until your dough reaches the desired consistency.
- Melt your snowman!
- When you’re ready, pour vinegar over your snowman and watch it melt! Warning: this will be messy.
Tips for Play
- It’s about the process! Take your time collecting materials, measuring ingredients and creating your snowman
- From math skills, to artistic expression, to fine motor skill development, every step of this activity offers something new to learn!
- For an bit of added fun, you can build your snowman using natural materials found outdoors. Twigs, pebbles and rocks make great snowman accessories.
- Engage in conversations with your child about what they are creating, noticing and experiencing.
- Ask questions!
- What will happen if…?
- I wonder why…?
- What do you hear, smell or see?
- Remember: there are no rules!
- Measurements are just guidelines and there is no right way to build a snowman. Experiment, ask questions, try different ideas!
- The reaction between baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (dilute acetic acid) generates carbon dioxide gas, or bubbles.
- People have been building snowmen all over the world for many centuries! The first documented snowman dates back to 1380.