As winter storms swept through a huge swath of the U.S. this month, many young snow lovers have been forced to stay indoors. Thanks to Fat Brain Toys, however, kids can now bring the joy of playing with snow inside with the Snow Much Fun! Mega Frozen Science Lab kit!
Designed for kids ages 8 and up, the kit comes with a variety of materials, including snow powder, water gel, fizzy color tablets, snowball molds in three different sizes (1.5, 2, and 3 inches), two snow block trays, snowman accessories, and more.
Using the kit’s contents and the included instructions, kids will enjoy a substantial amount of playtime as they try their hand at a range of snow-themed science experiments, including making snow, making a snowman, making snow blocks, making rainbow snow, making ice vanish, and making slush. While most of the materials kids need are inside the kit, the snowman and snow blocks experiments require a freezer, making rainbow snow requires warm water, and making ice vanish requires ice cubes. For a few activities, kids must also have their own measurement tools, such as a ruler or a measuring cup.
The instruction manual contains a comprehensible guide to follow for each experiment, featuring easy-to-understand language, precise measurements of necessary ingredients, and a detailed step-by-step process. For added educational value, there is a short paragraph after each experiment explaining how it works. Young scientists will learn about topics such as how polymer swells when it absorbs water, how osmosis works, and how water bends light.
There are a few steps during the experiments that kids may need an adult’s help with, like attaching accessories to the snowman. (If they aren’t careful when pushing the accessories into a solid snowball, it may crumble.)
Even without directly helping, parents are encouraged to supervise younger kids as they experiment. A few ingredients in this kit — including the color tablets and the slush mix — resemble food, but nothing in this set is edible. Additionally, kids may make a mess in the name of science — especially when the color tablets are involved — so be sure to have kids wear an old shirt and put down some newspaper or paper towels before the experiments start.
The next time you’re looking for ways to stay busy during an oncoming snowstorm, make sure you have the Snow Much Fun! Mega Frozen Science Lab kit on hand!