Reach into your kit & pull out the bag with the blue sheet in it. Take everything out of the bag and place it in front of you. Then, place the empty bag back in your box.
Take the large blue sheet and spread it out in front of you. We are going to need a little extra room for this experiment. Then place the two plastic cups in the middle.
We’re going to start with 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.
For the last step, we are going to dump the water into the cup that has the powder in it. You’ll want to do this as fast as you can without spilling.
It looks like something happened! Let’s try turning the cup upside down and you can see it doesn’t come out. The water is stuck inside!
You can touch it. Go ahead and play with it. You can even take off your gloves, it’s perfectly safe! You also have more powder, so you make more.
Next, let’s pour more water into the other cup this time. Fill it up almost to the top, but not too much that it spills over!
Let’s see what happens this time. Quickly pour the water into the cup with the powder to see what happens. When you’re done, simply throw it away and on to the second part of this experiment.
Now we’re going to add water, just like before, and let’s fill it up as high as we can without spilling.
Finally, like we did last time, we want to pour the water into the cup with the powder as quickly as we can. this time something else is going to happen.
Now let’s watch… What is starting to happen? It’s growing and overflowing! We’ve just made fake snow. How cool is that!
Once it’s down overflowing, you can go ahead and shake it out onto your mat and play with it! It won’t make a snowball, but it’s still really neat!
Let’s make some more. This time let’s use the rest of the powder! Go ahead and add the rest of the blue labeled powder into one of the empty cups.
Next, let’s fill the other cup up again as full as we can with water. Remember not too full, we don’t want to spill it.
Finally, just like we did last time, we want to pour the water into the cup with the powder as quickly as we can. This time we’re going to make a lot more snow!
We’ve got one last polymer we can try. It’s in the little tube and looks like tiny colored pellets.
Now we’re going to fill up the same cup with the pellets with water. Let’s fill it as much as we can without spilling it.
Now since these pellets are so much bigger than the powder, it’s going to take a lot longer to absorb the water, so we’re going to leave it overnight and check on it tomorrow. Be sure to put it somewhere safe.
To clean up the snow, just grab ahold of each corner and pull them together in the center and pick it up to prevent spilling all the loose snow.
How It Works
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.
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