Demonstrate how heat affects snow with this wintry activity.
What You Need
- Snow or crushed ice (about 3 handfuls)
- 3 plastic containers
What You Do
- Put Ice in Containers
Put the same amount of snow or crushed ice in each container.
- Position Containers
Have your child place one container near a heating vent that is turned on; one container on a table, away from the sun or any other heat source; and one container in a refrigerator.
- Make Predictions
Ask your child:
- Which container of snow/crushed ice do you think will melt the fastest?
- Which do you think will melt the slowest?
- Check Containers and Discuss Results
Continue to check on the containers until the snow/ice in one has melted at least halfway. Now ask your child:
- Did you guess correctly?
- Which container of snow/ice melted the fastest? Why?
- Which melted the slowest? Why?
- Draw Conclusions
- Help your child conclude that the more heat you apply to snow or ice, the faster it will melt.
- If the weather is beginning to thaw in your area, help your child to make a connection between the heat that melted the snow/ice in the experiment and the warm weather that is melting the snow and ice outside.