Snow days are the source of giddy excitement for kids, but for parents, they can be an unwelcome break in routine. How do you keep your kids busy when they’ve come in cold and wet from playing in the snow? Here are five easy ideas for simple science projects you and your kids can do together when it’s too cold to stay outside.
The Snowy Day Science Lesson
Based on the children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats, Scholastic has put together an easy project that you can do at home (or in the classroom) with young elementary school students to teach them about snowmelt.
Materials: snow, pans or dishes, pens/pencils
Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Cananda, have launched a global initiative that uses Twitter to gather snow depth information from all over the world. The next time it snows in your neck of the Missouri woods, measure the snowfall and tweet it. Check out the SnowTweets website for information on how to format your tweet, and get more information here about measuring snow depth.
Materials: ruler, Twitter account, Internet connection
Make a Snow Gauge
Using a ruler and a coffee can, collect fresh snowfall and measure its depth in this experiment from the Parenting Squad. When the snow has stopped falling, bring your coffee can indoors and allow the snow to melt. Did the depth of the snow change when it melted?
Materials: coffee can, ruler
Growing & Exploding (Ice Expands)
This project is another simple exploration of frozen and melted water that uses materials you already have at home. Learn about how water expands when it’s frozen using your own freezer or by taking advantage of Missouri’s bitter cold outdoor winter temps.
Materials: empty can, plastic bottle, water, marker
Teach your kids how frost develops using this fast, easy project.
Materials: empty soup can, crushed ice, salt, paper, water
Did you enjoy this post? Check out these posts on the Missouri Parent Blog with other seasonal science projects you can do at home:
Spooky Science Projects for Halloween Part I
Investing Autumn with Your Student Part I
Investigating Autumn with Your Students Part II
Science, Math, and…Pumpkins?
Posted on Sun, January 5, 2014
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