The Snowy Day Melting Snow Science Experiment

During our only big snow (so far) this winter, we experimented with melting snow. In The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Peter learned snow melted inside when his snowball melted in his coat pocket (get the book). Although our observations about melting snow were not scientific or controlled, our simple observations comparing melting snow in a glass on the counter versus in the fridge it gave us a simple preschool science lesson.

What could be better than a snowy day? Well, sometimes there can be too much snow, but that is not the case in Chicago-land this year. The kids want a little bit more winter before the Spring comes in full force!

Strawberry and Raisin loved playing in the snow. When it was time to come in, Strawberry helped me heap snow in to two different kitchen glasses. Then, we put on glass ou ton the counter (about 72 degrees) and the other into the fridge (about 45 degrees). Every 10 minutes, we took the fridge glass out so we could compare and photograph the melting progress. Strawberry loved to see the water in the bottom of the glass.

We both were surprised that it took nearly 4 hours for the fridge snow to melt completely! The counter snow did not take quite so long. See our photos to get an idea about how our laboratory turned out.

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