Pull out the bag with the blue sheet in it. Place everything in front of you, and put the bag back in your box.
Take the large blue sheet and spread it out in front of you. Then, place the two plastic cups in the middle.
Grab the jar of powder that has the orange label. Take one scoop of this powder and add it to one of the cups.
Pour some water into the other empty cup. Fill the cup a little below halfway. Cold water works best.
Dump the water into the cup that has the powder in it. Do this as fast as you can without spilling.
Try turning the cup upside down and you can see it doesn’t come out. The water is stuck inside!
Go ahead and play with it. You can even take off your gloves, it’s perfectly safe!
Do it again, but this time add two scoops of powder instead of one.
Pour water into the other cup, but this time, fill it up to the top.
Quickly pour the entire cup of water into the cup with the powder.
Grab the container that has a blue label on the edge.
Set up your workspace just like before with two cups in the center of your blue sheet.
Add two scoops of powder into one of the empty cups.
Fill the empty cup with cold water as high as you can without spilling.
As quickly as you can, pour the water into the cup of powder.
Watch for a few seconds to see the reaction. It should be growing and overflowing!
Once it’s down overflowing, shake it out onto your mat and you can play with it!
This time, add the rest of the blue labeled powder into one of the empty cups.
Fill the other cup again as full as you can with cold water.
Pour the water into the cup with the powder as quickly as you can. This time we’re going to make a lot more snow!
Grab the final little tube of tiny colored pellets.
Add all of these colored pellets into one of the tall empty cups.
Fill the cup of pellets with water. Add as much as you can without spilling it.
Leave it overnight and check on it tomorrow. Be sure to put it somewhere safe.
To clean up the snow, grab ahold of each corner and pull them together in the center to prevent spilling all the loose snow.
Remember your pellets? Check to see what they look like the next day! Wow!
How It Works
This powder is a special type of material called a Polymer. A polymer is a type of chemical that is made of units linked together over and over again. Just like if you took paperclips and linked them together into a long strand. Now, our polymer is special because those long strands get super tangled up and they act like a sponge and they can absorb 100 times their weight in water. That’s why when you added all that water to just a tiny bit of powder the powder sucked up all that water. This material has many uses, one of them being inside a baby's diaper. When a baby has an accident that starts with the letter “p” this material can help suck it all up.
This next effect happened becuase we used the same material, but with a twist. You see this material is also a super absorbent polymer. Sodium Polyacrylate to be exact. But the pieces are larger so they soak up the water to become larger and a bit more fluffy. By coincidence, it looks a lot like snow, which is why we call it fake snow. It can be used in movies and even as decorations.