This weekend, we played in the snow! Kind of.
You get snow when the air is so cold that water vapor in clouds freezes before it can melt into liquid. The air needs to be less than 32 degrees for that to happen.
This means that snow is pretty rare in Tucson, but Peas and Pie were up for the challenge of taking weather into their own hands with kitchen table snow.
What you need for real snow is very cold air and water vapor in the air, but if you don’t have that you can make snow with 3 simple ingredients:
About 1-2 cups white flour (you can use wheat flour, but it will look more like sand than snow)
About 1/2 cup clear dish soap or hand soap (you can also use conditioner or baby 0il)
About 1/2 cup corn starch (I’ve seen variations of this recipe that use no corn starch or use baking soda – have fun experimenting with what you have on hand)
(plus enough extra of each ingredient for tweaking)
The proportion that we found works was about 2 cups solid to 1/2 cup liquid.
To mix our kitchen table snow, I measured out the ingredients in separate containers. We mixed the dry ingredients first and then added a little bit of soap at a time until we got to the right consistency. We just kept tweaking until we got it just right – moldable but not too sticky.
Peas and Pie decided that their hands were perfect for mixing their snow.
When the snow was finished, we pulled out all of our favorite mixing and exploring materials, and played in the snow.
We experimented with molding the snow into castles and towers.
We drove through the snow and traced pictures in it.
This kitchen table snow was easy to make and a lot of fun to play with. It did get pretty messy, so be sure to play with it in an area that can be cleaned with soap and water.
Keep the learning going with the Make a Crystal Experiment activity book. It’s a little bit of weather, a little bit of chemistry, and a whole lot of cool science. Get the workbook with instructions, fun facts, and printable observation sheets now in the Free Trailblazer Club.