Posts Tagged ‘snow’

Snow Science

December 29, 2009

A fun fact from NGKids :

“Bet You Didn’t Know: Twenty inches of snow equals one inch of water on average.”

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Try it!  Have your kids put some snow in a clear container, let them measure how deep it is and allow to melt.  Then, have them measure how deep the remaining water is.  Older children can figure out whether their results were consistent with the NG Kids fact (10 inches of snow* should melt down to around 1/2  inch of water or 50cm of snow* should melt down to 2.5cm.)  If the snow isn’t perfectly fresh, this experiment may have the added benefit of reminding them why they shouldn’t eat snow.

*I’m guessing that NG Kids was referring to unpacked snow.  Our kids packed the snow into containers and we go more water than we expected.  Ask your kids why they think packed snow melts to give you more water than unpacked snow.

Painting snow

January 5, 2009

Now that the insanity of the holidays has past, it’s back to reality.  My kids have been in entertainment overdrive for the last two weeks and we are all exhausted.  I have no energy for any project that needs my involvement or assistance.  So………………………….my next post will be a science project, but this one is simple and completely uninvolved.  We did it at our Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) class this morning (Yeah, Teacher Lisa!)

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 All you need is snow and watercolor paint.  We have plenty of  snow here in Minnesota, but if snow’s not available, you can use ice cubes.  Simply put a bunch of snow in a sink or a in a cake pan on the table.  Give your child a set of watercolor paints, a cup of water and let them paint the snow.  It’s a perfect January project and you will be amazed at how much fun they’ll have!