When it comes to winter activities for kids, snow is always a hit. But there are only so many snowmen you can build each winter, and only so many times you can pull little ones up the big hill for yet another sled ride. If you’re looking for another snow day activity to throw into the mix, one where you aren’t building up a sweat trying to keep the kids happy, you need to try Fizzing Snow.
If you are lucky enough to have snow outside, this activity is sure to be a hit. You can either do it outside, or bring the snow indoors to create your fizzing snow. (Don’t have snow? Insta-Snow Jar is perfect for this activity.)
How to Make Fizzing Snow
You will need the following materials:
- Baking Soda
- Food Coloring or Liquid Watercolors
- Spray Bottle
- Large Container (If doing the activity indoors)
Pour vinegar into your spray bottle. Add a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors and mix it gently. We used our homemade liquid watercolors to color our vinegar.
Fill large container with snow to bring inside. Or, take the kids outside for the magic!
Shake a generous amount of baking soda over the top of the snow.
Hand your child the spray bottle and watch!
The kids will be excited not only to see the snow change colors but to watch it bubble and fizz like magic as well.
Tip: If your kids have played with baking soda and vinegar before, don’t let them see you sprinkle the baking soda onto the snow. When they get the spray bottle they won’t be expecting the reaction, making it twice as fun.
This simple snow science activity kept my kids busy for almost an hour. They had fun watching the snow fizzing, turning it bright colors, and ultimately mixing the colors together with their hands in the comfort of our kitchen while 22 mph. winds blew the wet snow around outside.
If you’re stuck indoors on a super cold, snowy day, check the kitchen cabinets and surprise the kids with your own fizzing snow. Then sit back and relax for a bit; there will be plenty of time to pull them up that hill next snowfall.
If you like this activity, you might also like our painting snow activity.