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Indoor Melting Snowman STEAM Experiment

Indoor melting snowman on a plate

Keep your family entertained with this simple activity using a few standard household supplies! This STEAM project is easy and inexpensive, and will capture your child’s attention when it is too cold to play outside.

How to Make an Indoor Snowman


  • 1 ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 ½ cup foaming shaving cream
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Black and orange molding clay
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Plate


  1. Combine the baking soda and the shaving cream in the bowl and mix well.
  2. Shape the mixture into three snowballs and stack on the plate to make a snowman.
  3. Make two eyes with the black molding clay and a carrot nose with the orange clay.
  4. Now, it is time to melt the snowman! Pour the vinegar over the snowman and watch what happens.

*Careful adult supervision is required for this activity, as the “snow” mixture is not edible. Additionally, molding clay can be a choking hazard for children under two years of age.

Video Tutorial:

Questions to Ask Your Child After the Experiment:

  1. What happened when you poured the vinegar onto the snowman?
  2. What happened to the snow mixture?
  3. What do you think caused the snowman to melt?

For more fun snow activities you can try with your child, check out some of our resources below:

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