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DIY Melting Snowman
 Date: 
Jan 03, 2019

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
  • Vinegar
  • Dish Soap
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Snowman accessories (twigs, pipe cleaners, construction paper or anything else you can find!)
  • Bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Room to make a mess!

Steps

  • 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!

 

Fun Facts

  • 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.

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