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Exploding Snowman – Winter Science Experiment

This outrageously FUN Exploding Snowman is a fun winter science experiment for kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. This STEM experiment is super simple to try using common materials you already have in your kitchen! Use this as a snowman activity to teach kids a little chemistry with this baking soda and vinegar experiment.

This outrageously FUN Exploding Snowman is a fun winter science experiment for kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. This STEM experiment is super simple to try using common materials you already have in your kitchen! Use this as a snowman activity to teach kids a little chemistry with this baking soda and vinegar experiment.

Exploding Snowman

Kids will go nuts over this easy winter science activities for preschoolers, kindergartner, toddlers, and grade 1 students that they will want to try over and over and over again! To make the snowman explode children will use a couple simple kitchen supplies to create a baking soda and vinegar science experiment. Get ready for giggles of excitement as the snowman gets bigger and bigger before it POPS! Use this as a snowman activity for kids during the cold months of December, January, and February!

Winter Science Experiment

To complete winter science experiments all you need are these simple supplies you already have in your kitchen.

Supplies:

  • Sandwich size ziplock bag (or larger if you want to double it for double the fun!) – the slide ones are quick and easy or little fingers!
  • vinegar
  • blue food coloring (optional)
  • baking soda
  • paper towel
  • black sharpie
  • nose out of orange construction paper, orange felt, or orange sharpie

This snowman stem challenge begins with decorating your ziplock bag to look like a snowman using a sharpie, orange construction paper nose, or whatever other supplies you want to use to make your cute snowman craft

Winter Activity for Kids

Decorate a ziplock bag with black eyes, orange triangular nose and black dots for mouth. You can use any supplies you want; we choose to keep it simple by making the mouth and nose with a black sharpie and making a cute orange nose out of construction paper.
fun, hands-on Snowman activity for toddler, preschool pre-k, kindergarten and first grade students this winter

Snowman activity

Put 3 teaspoons of baking soda in a paper towel, wrap up into a pouch.
HINT: You can add more baking soda for a bigger reaction!
snowman science project for kids
Put the baking soda wrapped paper towel in your ziplock snowman craft.
add vinegar to the ziplock bag to make a cute melting snowman that is about to explode!

Snowman game

Now quickly pour in  1-2 cups of distilled white vinegar into your melting snowman ziplock bag. Quickly seal the bag and get ready for the chemical reaction to start with the vinegar and baking soda.
NOTE: We mixed blue food coloring with the vinegar for a fun chilly pop of color.
the snowman game will get bigger and bigger as the baking soda and vinegar create carbon dioxide.
Watch the melted snowman get bigger and puffier as the bag fills with carbon dioxide from the winter science project to create a mini explosion.
winter Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment making an exploding snowman

Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment

So how does this simple chemistry experiment for kids work? As baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, mixes with vinegar, carbon dioxide is created. The bag starts to fill with carbon dioxide (and that’s why you see the bag start to swell up) until the pressure is too much and … BOOM!

  • before you try this easy preschool science experiment ask them to guess what will happen (called a hypothesis)
  • Try with different size bags
  • Or have children mix up the amount of vinegar or baking soda and see what happens

Snow Volcano Kids will love this fun snowman activity that allows them to sneak in a little science to a cold, winter day! Snowman eruptions are so easy, and this is such a cute project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students.  In these winter science experiments children will watch the effect of baking soda and vinegar in a silly and outrageously FUN snow experiments. Kids will have fun with this melting snowman where they will melt the snowman using a fun winter science experiment. This snowman activity is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten to sneak in a fun winter STEM activity where they will build a snowman and then melt it with snow science experiments observing simple chemistry for kids.

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Winter Printables

This outrageously FUN Exploding Snowman is a fun winter science experiment for kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. This STEM experiment is super simple to try using common materials you already have in your kitchen! Use this as a snowman activity to teach kids a little chemistry with this baking soda and vinegar experiment.

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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  • My students are currently on remote learning. Each Wednesday we like to jazz up our lessons with fun, hands on experiments to video and share with our students. I can not wait until tomorrow to try the exploding snowman! My students are going to be thrilled.

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