While the winter can be very cozy, sometimes, it can also drag on a bit too long (especially with the year we’ve had). It’s easy to run out of things to do when we’ve been stuck inside for the past 8+ months!
If your child has exhausted all of their toys, games, and other activities, give this cute, simple, craft idea a try! Not only is it incredibly creative and engaging, it’s also a great way to incorporate some learning into an awesome DIY project.
Snowstorm In A Jar
Looking for a craft that can be played with repeatedly, teaches STEM concepts, and can also be used as a decoration? Look no further! This Snowstorm in a Jar winter experiment has all of those components, and more!
If your little one is a budding scientist, loves to create art, or is somewhere in between, this is the perfect DIY for them. Whether you live in a sunny or rainy climate, you can make sure that this Christmas you’ll have snow!
With just a few ingredients, your child will have their very own magical snowstorm that they can create and analyze.
1. First, fill the mason jar with about ⅔ of baby oil.
2. In a separate container, mix ¼ cup of water and a small amount of white paint and stir until it’s completely mixed.
3. Pour the paint and water mixture into the mason jar to combine with the baby oil. (You may notice some fizzing, so allow some extra room in the jar).
4. Next, add some glitter!
5. Take an Alka Seltzer tablet and crumble a few pieces into the jar.
6. Then, watch as the ingredients combine and create your own snowstorm! (The white paint water will bubble up through the oil).
7. If you want to recreate or keep the snowstorm going, you’ll need to add in a little bit more Alka Seltzer every 45 seconds or so.
8. You can keep experimenting all day, or place a lid on the jar and stow away for another day!
This is a great way to introduce your child to the world of science! Creating this craft allows them to get hands-on with some very important STEM concepts, such as making hypotheses, analyzing chemical reactions, and the scientific method.
If your little one loves this experiment and all things sensory, check out Reaction Action, an awesome Chemistry class perfect for ages 3-6! This will provide them with the essential fundamentals of Chemistry and is a perfect way to keep them entertained throughout the winter!
For some more winter activities, check out these fun classes here!