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

Instructions

STEP 1
2:06

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.

STEP 2
2:22

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.

STEP 3
2:36

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.

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

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.

STEP 6
3:33

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!

STEP 7
3:51

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.

STEP 8
5:12

Let’s do it again, but this time let’s use two scoops of powder instead of one. 

STEP 9
5:27

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!

STEP 10
5:33

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. 

STEP 11
6:10

On to the next powder. This one has a blue label on the edge.

STEP 12
6:20

We’re going to set up just like before with two cups in the center of our blue sheet

STEP 13
6:24

Let’s go ahead and add two scoops of powder into one of the empty cups.

STEP 14
6:41

Now we’re going to add water, just like before, and let’s fill it up as high as we can without spilling.

STEP 15
6:52

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.

STEP 16
7:09

Now let’s watch… What is starting to happen? It’s growing and overflowing! We’ve just made fake snow. How cool is that!

STEP 17
7:26

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!

STEP 18
8:16

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.

STEP 19
8:27

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.

STEP 20
8:36

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!

STEP 21
9:30

We’ve got one last polymer we can try. It’s in the little tube and looks like tiny colored pellets.

STEP 22
9:51

Go ahead and add all of these colored pellets into one of the tall empty cups.

STEP 23
9:57

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.

STEP 24
10:08

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.

STEP 25
10:22

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.

STEP 26
10:56

Remember our pellets? Let’s 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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