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Roadschool: Outdoor Winter Science Experiments

With blustery winter weather comes the potential for school-mandated snow days, which means you get to enjoy full days spent with your little ones. But just because your kids might have the day off from school doesn't mean there isn't plenty of fun educational opportunities for them to enjoy right at home, or on the road if you actively roadschool your children. Give some of these outdoor winter science experiments a try and show your little ones how much fun learning can be!

Ice Hands


What You'll Need:



  • Latex gloves

  • Water

  • Food coloring

  • Twist-ties


How To Do: 1. Fill your latex gloves up with water, leaving some space at the top.
2. Add a few drops of food coloring into the water before twisting the glove and securing it closed with a twist-tie. 3. Place your filled gloves outside overnight to freeze.
4. Once frozen, briefly run your gloves under some water and gently peel the glove off. 5. Have your little ones sprinkle salt onto the hands and then watch them begin to melt.

Frozen Bubbles


What You'll Need:



  • Water

  • Dish soap

  • White corn syrup

  • Bubble-blowing wand

  • Really cold temperatures


How To Do: 1. Mix your water, dish soap, and corn syrup together in a bowl.
2. Find an area outside with little wind and dip your bubble wand into your mixture.
3. Instead of blowing on the wand to form the bubbles, try waving the wand (the hot air from your breath will prevent the bubble from freezing). 4. Try waving your wand high into the air to give your bubbles more time to freeze before hitting the ground.
5. Try catching your bubbles on the wand to prevent them from shattering when they hit the ground.

Blizzard in a Cup


What You'll Need:



  • A tall jar

  • Baby oil

  • White paint

  • Water

  • Iridescent glitter

  • Alka seltzer


How To Do: 1. Fill your jar a little over halfway with baby oil.
2. In a separate container, mix together hot water and white paint.
3. Pour your mixed white water into the jar of baby oil.
4. Have your little ones sprinkle glitter into the jar.
5. Wait as the glittery white water settles to the bottom of the jar. 6. Break apart your aka seltzer tablet and have your little ones drop the pieces into the jar.
7. Watch as your indoor snow storm commences!

Snow Slime


What You'll Need:



  • 2 C. chilled Elmer's school glue

  • 3/4 tsp. chilled Borax

  • Hot water

  • Iridescent glitter

  • Peppermint extract (optional)


How To Make: 1. In one container, mix your glue with 1 1/2 cups of hot water. 2. Add in the peppermint extract for a fresh, fun scent (optional).
3. In a separate container, mix your Borax powder with 1 1/3 cups hot water.
4. Combine the contents of both your containers together and mix well with your hands.
5. Sprinkle in some glitter to make your snow slime sparkle.
6. Have fun with your ooey-gooey winter creation!

Snow Volcano


What You'll Need:



  • Empty water bottle

  • 2 spoonfuls of baking soda

  • 1 spoonful of dish soap

  • A few drops of food coloring (color of your choosing)

  • 30 ml. vinegar


How To Do: 1. In an empty water bottle, mix your baking soda, dish soap, and food coloring.
2. Set your water bottle on the ground outside and pile up the snow around the bottle to form the shape of a volcano. 3. Add your vinegar and stand back for the eruption!

Crystalized Evergreens


What You'll Need:



  • 1 evergreen clipping

  • 9 Tbsp. Borax

  • 3 C. water

  • Tall glass

  • Clothespins

  • Magnifying glass


How To Do: 1. Boil water and pour it into your tall glass.
2. Mix your Borax powder in with your water and stir well.
3. Submerge your evergreen sprig and prop it up vertically with the clothespins. 4. Leave your experiment to sit for 24 hours.
5. Gently remove your evergreen clipping from the cup. 6. Marvel at the crystals that have formed on the needles and take a closer look with your magnifying glass! Give these outdoor winter science experiments a try and let us know how your little ones liked them by leaving a comment or sharing a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram!

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