Looking for a fun and educational science activity to do with your preschooler? How about recreating a snowstorm, but in a jar, with just a few supplies you probably already have at home? This activity is not only fun and easy to do, but it also teaches your little one about science concepts such as density, reactions, and mixing. So, grab your clear jar and let’s make a snowstorm!
WHAT YOU NEED:
WHAT TO DO:
First, fill your clear jar with ¼ of water.
Add white paint to the water until the mixture looks like milk. The white paint will give the snowstorm its snowy appearance.
Once the mixture is combined, fill the rest of the jar with baby oil. The oil and water should separate into two layers. Then, add glitter to the jar to mimic the snowflakes.
Wait for the glitter to settle to the bottom of the jar. This may take a few minutes.
Finally, drop small pieces of Alka-Seltzer into the jar and watch as the snowstorm begins! The Alka-Seltzer causes a chemical reaction by releasing gas as it dissolves in the liquid. The gas rises to the top and takes the glitter with it, mimicking a snowstorm.
Teaching Your Preschooler Science Concepts:
This activity lets your preschooler observe and explore scientific concepts such as density, reactions, and physical properties. They will notice that the water and oil can’t mix, even when stirred together, because of their different densities. They can also observe the chemical reaction that happens when the Alka-Seltzer reacts with the liquid, causing gas to rise and take the glitter with it. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child about what they observe and any questions they have.
Don’t miss this chance to have some fun and learn something new with your little scientist!
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