Science with Snowmen

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Are you guys getting the crazy snowmagedon where you are??  Well, I don’t know if you heard, but we even got some baby snow flurries here in Florida!! Me and my kiddos bundled up and watched in amazement. It was the first time any of us had seen snow, can you believe it?!

Well, as cool as it was, the snow melted pretty soon after hitting the ground, so there were no snow angels or snow ball fights, or snowmen. Personally, I’m okay with that, it’s one of the reasons I live in Florida 😉

But, when we saw this very cool project at the library, I knew this was a snowman we could build!
This is a really fun way to demonstrate the acid-base chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. You make the “snow” with a baking soda clay and then “melt” the snowman with vinegar. It’s very fun! So fun, in fact, that I thought a video would be the best way to show you how to do this! There’s a typed tutorial below the video too. Enjoy your snowman science!

Supplies:
Spoon
Bowl
Pan
Snowman accessories (I cut mine from scrap felt)
Vinegar

Baking soda clay recipe

  • 1 box (2 cups) baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:
First, mix up your baking soda clay in a bowl. Add baking soda and salt, mix well. Add the dish soap, and mix well, the mix will be slightly lumpy and very crumbly. Slowly add in water, about a tablespoon at a time and mix very well. You don’t want it to be too wet! Once it can form a ball it will be done. Note: this will NOT feel like playdough!

Next, build your snowman! You’ll want to build it in a tray or pan, so that when you “melt” the snowman it will be contained. The clay is pretty delicate, so I built the snowman for my kids – but if your kids can handle it without getting frustrated, go for it! Once it was built I had my girls accessorize their snowman.
And then comes the fun part….slowly pour vinegar over your snowman and watch as it melts away!

My kids LOVED this project. I know yours will too!

(My kids are really young, so I didn’t get into the details of the chemistry here, but if you’d like to get into that more with your older kiddos, you can check out these resources here and here. And if you’d like to check out some more baking soda vinegar projects you’ll love these.)

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lindsey  Lindsey is a modern homesteader and homeschooling Mama of two. Together with her family she lives in North Florida on 1/3 of an acre where they garden, raise chickens and turkeys, do lots of DIY, make a ton from scratch – and include natural learning experiences along the way. She’s passionate about simple, natural living, and shares those passions on her blog, Chickadee Homestead. Find her on Pinterest and Instagram. 

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