This post contains affiliate links. See my policies for more information.
A couple of weeks ago, we got a free sample of Insta-Snow. Miss H wanted to do a science experiment today, and there are only so many things in our house to make sink or float! This making snow science observation was really easy, and it kept Miss H curious for about an hour! I didn’t focus on the actual science of how it works, but the process of observing and questioning was so beneficial. Not to mention that it was lots of fun!
Making Snow with Insta Snow
The snow comes in little granules (non-toxic and environmentally friendly, I checked!) that expand when wet. We started with one teaspoon of the granules, and added two ounces of water. The expanding part was so cool that we added another teaspoon and more water. I can’t believe just two teaspoons filled most of our bowl!
Miss H asked to touch the snow (bless her heart, I think she knew my camera was rolling! She would normally dive right in!) At first, it felt a little warm and dry. We added a little bit more water, and after a few moments, it felt more like actual snow: damp and cold. She had a ton of questions about the texture, the temperature, and where the water went.
Here’s the video:
She spent some time observing, and then went on a hunt for “snowman things.” She made a little melted snowman in the glass bowl. I love her creativity! We also made a cake and an airport.
If we ever have a Frozen birthday party (because we haven’t jumped off of that bandwagon yet), we’ll have to use this for a fun decoration, activity, and probably even party favor. It stayed “snowy” for a long time- it might actually still be cold now.
This is not limited to preschool- I thought it was so fun as a grown up, so I imagine that kids of all ages would too! It comes with an explanation of the chemistry behind the magical blizzard. This would be a great learning opportunity for older children! I think that the sensory experience and observations that my daughter made offered tons of learning value for her.