Baking soda and vinegar science experiments are always a huge hit with my preschoolers. No matter how many times we make a volcano erupt, they keep begging to do it again and again. Snow Volcano Winter Science Activities for Preschoolers are a great way to take advantage of the snowy weather and take science learning outdoors!
Don’t get me wrong, we love playing outside in the snow, making snowmen, throwing snowballs, and creating snow angels, but every once in a while we like to mix it up and find a new and exciting activity to do!
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Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiments For Preschoolers:
Vinegar and baking soda science experiments for kids are not only super fun to watch, but can be used to introduce a variety of science concepts to children.
This snow volcano science experiment is a wonderful way to introduce chemical reactions.
Creating volcanic eruptions with baking soda and vinegar can be a good experiment for a solid, liquid, and gas unit.
Simple science experiments like this cool winter science experiment are also great ways to teach about the scientific method and about science experiment safety!
How To Make A Snow Volcano:
- Fresh snow
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon dish soap
- Squeeze bottle of vinegar
- Food coloring
Use your scoop or a small shovel to create a pile of snow. Form it into a volcano shape using your hands.
Scoop out the middle and place your cup inside the center of the volcano.
Repack the snow around the cup and fix your volcano shape if necessary.
Put 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda into the cup. Add 1 teaspoon of dish soap and a few drops of food coloring.
Using the squeeze bottle, squeeze vinegar into the cup. Watch as the mixture begins to react and overflow causing a snow volcanic eruption!
Continue to add vinegar and watch your volcano erupt over and over again!
Other Ideas For Your Snow Volcano Science Activity:
- Don’t currently have any snow where you live? Try this fun play dough volcano!
- If it’s too cold outside, bring snow inside and use a shallow clear bin or craft tray to create your volcano inside.
- Research and look at pictures of different types of volcanoes (shield, cinder cone, composite, lava dome) and have your child create the four different shapes in the snow.
- Take pictures of the experiment and create a scrapbook page or science journal page about your experiment.
- Use a small beaker and a balloon when you do a baking soda and vinegar activity for preschoolers to show how the carbon dioxide will blow up the balloon.
- Try this fun apple volcano science experiment!
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!Walking in a Winter WonderlandThe MittenThe Snowy NapHow to Catch a SnowmanSneezy the SnowmanOver and Under the SnowWinter DanceWinter Sleep: A Hibernation StoryAnimals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)Goodbye Autumn, Hello WinterThe Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder (Weather Books for Kids, Winter Children’s Books, Science Kids Books)Snowmen at WorkSnowmen at ChristmasSnowmen at Night (Storytown Library, Grade K, Story 8) by Caralyn Buehner (2005) Paperback