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Snowstorm in a Jar

Snowstorm in a jar experiment

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


  1. Fill the mason jar about ⅔ full with baby oil.
  2. Squirt the white paint into ¼ cup of water and stir.
  3. Pour the water-paint mixture, followed by the glitter, into the jar full of oil.
  4. 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

  1. What activated the snowstorm in the jar?
  2. What happened when you dropped the tablets into the mixture?
  3. What did the storm look like?

Snowstorm in a Jar – Video Tutorial

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