Winter is here! In many places, winter brings that cold, white, fluffy stuff--and weather or not you're a fan, snow can be a highly motivating learning tool. Who doesn't want to play in the snow? But it doesn't need to be snowing outside your door in order for you to capitalize on this opportunity. All you need is some ice and a good blender!
To create "real" snow, just fill up a good blender (I use a Ninja) and turn it on high. It will turn into perfect, packable snow!
You may need to put on gloves for this next part, but it packs perfectly into baseball-sized snowballs. Two batches of ice were enough for my entire class. When you are finished packing the snowballs, just put the in a Ziploc bag and store them in the freezer until you are ready to take them to school. Of course, if you happen to have snow in your area, you can always run out side and make some snowballs in your yard!
These snowballs are perfect for exploring the states of matter. Have your students observe the solid snowballs and then watch and wait as the snow melts into a liquid. I also have a snow math and science freebie that you can use to guide your students to examine their snow.
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