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Snow experiments

We have been creating snow marbles and doing arts & crafts with the theme snowflakes and paper snowflakes before. And after getting inspired by some posts on the blog of another homeschooling mom: Mama Natuurlijk, we decided to do some snow experiments too.

Experiment 1: How come a polar bear or a pinguin stays warm in the winter?

For this experiment we needed snow, rubber gloves, fat (we used Cresco shortening)and cling film. Maximan started by exploring how cold snow is. And it was really cold. Then I put a glove on his hand, covered that with a thick layer of shortening and covered it with two layers of cling film. Now one hand was totally covered and one wasn’t. He but his hand back in the snow. It didn’t feel cold at all. Then he put both hands in there. Maximan didn’t think that was a succes. The hand that was wrapped was okay. The other hand lacked all the fat and insolation to stay warm.

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Experiment 2: How long does it take for Mister Snowman to melt?

After the first experiment Maximen played with the snow for a while. Until it started to melt a little bit. Before it was to powdery and he wasn’t able to make a snowman. But now he was. He asked why the snow was melting now it was inside the house. And I explained that it is much warmer in our house than it is outside. Outside it is still freezing and inside the heather is on.
He made a snowman and went on playing with his Lego on the floor. When Miniman is sleeping he can play with the little pieces on the floor. Otherwise he plays with them on the table. Every thirty to sixty minutes he checked on his snow man. You can see the whole melting proces below on the pictures. After almost four hours Mister Snowman was only a puddle of water.

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