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Just in time for the December kick off, we are getting our first snow here in Michigan. The kids were so excited about it today. I couldn't help but smile while thinking about all the kids in my classrooms past who would flock to the window to shout about the first flakes! On those days there weren't any activities I could put together that were more entertaining than the change in weather. They would have been perfect days to capitalize on the situation by learning all about winter with some neat science experiments like those featured below.
Build an indoor snowman (with the instructionsfound by scrolling down the page a bit) and measure it as it melts.
Don't Be Too Flaky: The density of water, ice, and snow aren't the same even though all three are composed of H2O. In this experiment, intended for upper elementary and middle school students, you'll measure the relative densities of these three substances.
Put together some snowy science crystal flakes with the instructions found at KinderArt.
Learn the science behind snow formation from the Weather Dude.
Perpetual Preschool has a great round up of teacher tested tips for winter science.
Put together a winter themed sensory tub for little ones to explore. This sample is from Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.