What’s better than a real-life snowstorm outside? Containing a snowstorm within a jar! This STEAM experiment will be as if you were looking right outside your window and witnessing a significant snowfall. With all the paint and glitter, it almost looks like you are creating a snow globe until you drop the tablets, causing the chemical reaction resulting in the snowstorm in a jar!
This is an excellent activity for those who don’t enjoy being outside in the middle of winter experiencing a winter snowstorm or for those who live in an area where you don’t get snow. Get a touch of winter and snow with this fun STEAM experiment!
Snowstorm in a Jar Experiment
- 16 oz. mason jar
- ¼ cup water
- Baby oil
- Iridescent glitter
- White paint
- Alka Seltzer tablets
- Fill the mason jar about ⅔ full with baby oil.
- Squirt the white paint into ¼ cup of water and stir.
- Pour the water-paint mixture, followed by the glitter, into the jar full of oil.
- Break up the Alka Seltzer tablets into small pieces, and then drop 2-3 pieces in the jar.
Watch what happens in the jar!
Snowstorm in a Jar Experiment Questions
- What activated the snowstorm in the jar?
- What happened when you dropped the tablets into the mixture?
- What did the storm look like?
Snowstorm in a Jar – Video Tutorial
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