Winter is not only most kid's favorite time of year, especially if you live in a place that gets snow, but it can be a great time to teach the science behind the weather, the ice, and the cold, too. Most kids know that snow is what happens when water freezes, but they don't understand why some snow is super fluffy and why some is more wet in consistency. There are scientific reasons for this. If you are trying to find a way to incorporate the cold weather outside with some indoor lessons to keep kids entertained, or for your home school curriculum, here are some great Winter Science Resources and Experiments.
Winter Science Resources and Experiments
Try this Snow Storm in a Jar from Growing a Jeweled Rose to demonstrate a little about how snow forms.
This Winter Snow Walk from Oopsey Daisy is a great way to get outside and enjoy the weather even when it is cold and snowy out. This one is a free printable, too.
Simply Charlotte Mason has a whole list of Winter Science Study Ideas that are great for adding to your activities. You could do bird watching in the winter, look for animal tracks in the snow, and more!
Make a Snow Volcano with this simple experiment from Growing a Jeweled Rose.
Here's a great list of Arctic Animal Videos from The Gift of Curiosity.
This Snow Science idea from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist is super easy and allows kids to see how much water is contained in snow once it melts.
Do a Winter Tree Identification with this information from About.com
This STEM Icy Magnet Science project from Learning Through Playing is a fun one to do indoors or out during the cold winter months.
Frogs in Winter from Education.com is a wonderful way to demonstrate how some animals survive in the cold weather. Plus, it's edible!
Create Colorful Icicles with this science experiment from Housing a Forest. This one sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to demonstrate how ice forms.
Conduct an ice experiment showing kids how you can make ice melt faster using different things with the instructions over at Totally Tots.
Another great experiment from Housing a Forest is this one about How to Create Frozen Bubbles.
If you don't live in an area that has snowfall, make some Pretend Snow with these 10 suggestions from Kid's Play Box.
Help kids understand how many arctic animals stay warm with this Blubber Experiment from Discover and Learn.