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Instant Snow

Autopause

Materials

1 Large Blue Sheet
1 Large Blue Sheet
2 Small Plastic Cups
2 Small Plastic Cups
1 Large Plastic Cup
1 Large Plastic Cup
1 Jar of Powder (Orange Label)
1 Jar of Powder (Orange Label)
1 Jar of Powder (Blue Label)
1 Jar of Powder (Blue Label)
1 Tube of Colored Pellets
1 Tube of Colored Pellets
1 Powder Scooper
1 Powder Scooper

Instructions

STEP 1
2:06

Pull out the bag with the blue sheet in it. Place everything in front of you, and put the bag back in your box.

STEP 2
2:22

Take the large blue sheet and spread it out in front of you. Then, place the two plastic cups in the middle.

STEP 3
2:36

Grab the jar of powder that has the orange label. Take one scoop of this powder and add it to one of the cups.

STEP 4
3:05

Pour some water into the other empty cup. Fill the cup a little below halfway. Cold water works best.

STEP 5
3:16

Dump the water into the cup that has the powder in it. Do this as fast as you can without spilling.

STEP 6
3:33

Try turning the cup upside down and you can see it doesn’t come out. The water is stuck inside!

STEP 7
3:51

Go ahead and play with it. You can even take off your gloves, it’s perfectly safe!

STEP 8
5:12

Do it again, but this time add two scoops of powder instead of one. 

STEP 9
5:27

Pour water into the other cup, but this time, fill it up to the top.

STEP 10
5:33

Quickly pour the entire cup of water into the cup with the powder.

STEP 11
6:10

Grab the container that has a blue label on the edge.

STEP 12
6:20

Set up your workspace just like before with two cups in the center of your blue sheet.

STEP 13
6:24

Add two scoops of powder into one of the empty cups.

STEP 14
6:41

Fill the empty cup with cold water as high as you can without spilling.

STEP 15
6:52

As quickly as you can, pour the water into the cup of powder.

STEP 16
7:09

Watch for a few seconds to see the reaction. It should be growing and overflowing!

STEP 17
7:26

Once it’s down overflowing, shake it out onto your mat and you can play with it!

STEP 18
8:16

This time, add the rest of the blue labeled powder into one of the empty cups.

STEP 19
8:27

Fill the other cup again as full as you can with cold water.

STEP 20
8:36

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!

STEP 21
9:30

Grab the final little tube of tiny colored pellets.

STEP 22
9:51

Add all of these colored pellets into one of the tall empty cups.

STEP 23
9:57

Fill the cup of pellets with water. Add as much as you can without spilling it.

STEP 24
10:08

Leave it overnight and check on it tomorrow. Be sure to put it somewhere safe.

STEP 25
10:22

To clean up the snow, grab ahold of each corner and pull them together in the center to prevent spilling all the loose snow.

STEP 26
10:56

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.
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