Snowstorm In A Jar

30 Minutes | All | Indoors

Create a storm in a jar



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Snowstorm In A Jar

30 Minutes | All | Indoors

  • Large Jar
  • Water
  • Baby Oil
  • Glitter
  • White Paint
  • Alka Seltzer

  1. Fill a jar about 2/3 full with baby oil
  2. Add a small squirt of white paint to about 100ml of water, then stir it until it’s combined
  3. You want the water to be a nice white colour so you can see it in the oil
  4. Pour the white water mixture into the jar
  5. The mixture will fizz up towards the top a little bit when you do the experiment, so don’t fill your jar all the way to the top or you’ll end up with quite a mess
  6. You can also add coloured glitter if you like
  7. But if you do, don’t add too much because it makes it kind of hard to see the snowstorm through solid coloured glitter
  8. Break up the Alka Seltzer tablet into small pieces, then drop two or three into the jar
  9. Each time you add the Alka Seltzer pieces the snowstorm lasts about 45 seconds

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