Science is my jam! It makes me unbelievably happy and sparks my curiosity as much as it sparks our Lil’s curiosity. I love it and I especially love doing it with Rea!
Today’s science experiment will make your Lil’ feel like they are in a blizzard. I was inspired by Growing a Jeweled Rose to do this activity.
This experiment is for both our Lil’ Explorers and Lil’ Creators, but the data sheet is only for our Lil’ Creators.
Lil’ Creators grab a FREE copy of the Snow Storm in a Jar Template HERE.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Science

  • Pose “what” and “why” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions and perform experiments
  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Science

  • Pose “what,” “why” and “how” questions about their surroundings
  • Illustrate and describe observations
  • Make predictions, perform experiments, and discuss results
  • Use 5-senses to make observations

Writing

  • Recognizes that writing is used to create meaning (scribbles a letter or grocery list) using some legible letters

Required Materials

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Snow Storm in a Jar Template (Creators)

*Jar

*Baby Oil

*Food Coloring

*White Paint

Water

*Glitter

*Crayons

Step #1
Lil’ Creators –  print out a copy of the Snow Storm in a Jar Template
Step #2
In a bowl, combine 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of white paint and stir until you have mixed the paint and completely creating white water.
Step #3
Fill the jar 3/4 of the way with baby oil.
Add the white water.
Add glitter and a drop of blue food coloring (optional).
Step #4
Allow all the ingredients to settle to the bottom so that the white water and the oil are separated.
Step #5
Before adding the Alka-Seltzer to the jar ask your Lil’ what they think will happen when you put the tablet in the jar.
Lil’ Creators will record their prediction on their data sheet. (Adults will write their Lil’s prediction on the data sheet)
Step #6
Drop the Alka-Seltzer tablet in the jar and watch the reaction happen.

 

When your Lil’ Creator is done watching, have them draw the reaction on their data sheet and record what happened in their own words.
Step #7
If your Lil’ loved watching this as much as mine did, once the Alka-Seltzer tablet settles you can add another one and watch the reaction again.

Teacher Tip

Even though our Lil’ Explorers are not recording their findings on a data sheet, we should still be having these conversations with them.

 

For instance, when you pour the white water in and the glitter in the jar, talk to them about the fact that it all fell to the bottom of the jar.

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