Pull out the bag that says, Instant Snow. 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 one of the smaller plastic cups in the middle.
Grab the jar of powder that has the orange label. Take one big heaping scoop of this powder and add it to the cup.
Pour cold water into the other small empty cup. Fill the cup 3/4 of the way full.
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. It’s turned into a gel!
Spread some out on the blue mat and play with it. Students don’t need gloves, it’s perfectly safe!
This time, grab the container that has a blue label on the edge and add two heaping scoops of powder to a small empty cup.
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.
Once it’s down overflowing, shake it out onto your mat and your students can play with it!
To clean up the snow, grab ahold of each corner and pull them together in the center to prevent spilling all the loose snow.
For the last experiment, grab the final little tube of tiny colored pellets and pour them into the tall empty cup.
Fill the cup of pellets with water. Add as much as you can without spilling it. Leave it overnight and check on it tomorrow.
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.