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Foaming Fake Snow

Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemical reactions, surfactants

Introduction

If you live where there is snow, it can be fun to play in it for a while—but it can get quite chilly! Or maybe you live in a place that does not get snow. In this fun activity, you can experience something similar to snow anytime, in the comfort of your own home. You will mix together common kitchen supplies to make a sculpted object, and then, whenever you decide, you can let your snow creation "melt" away into a white surface. Curious about how kitchen chemistry can look like snow? Try this activity and find out!

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Two large plastic or glass containers
  • Measuring cup
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring spoons: a teaspoon and a tablespoon
  • Sticky note
  • Pen or pencil
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Vinegar
  • Small waterproof items to decorate your creation (optional)
    Picture of the materials needed for a science activity where you make foaming snow.

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
Chemical reactions, surfactants