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Let’s Create A Snow Volcano!

Making A Snow Volcano

By Sabrina Rehman B Eng.

STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is more than a buzz word, it is naturally a part of a child’s development. We may not realize how much our children already know about ecology, geology, chemistry, physics and astronomy simply by exploring the world around them. A STEAM-rich environment is the perfect catalyst to enhance your child’s innate love of learning.

What do you need to get your child started on this STEAM train? Likely nothing more than what you already have around you! There are no specific tools, products or rules. Simple things around you can be opportunities for tangible STEM explorations with your little one. The best thing is to stand back, maybe ask questions along the way and let your child lead, explore, discover, observe and experiment!

This winter one of my favorite backyard activities with my preschool-age twins has been creating a snow volcano – a simple twist on a classic science experiment! If you don’t have snow, try it in a sandbox or at the beach!

What to bring?

  • Small plastic bowl
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring or liquid water colors
  • Baking soda

How to create the Snow Volcano?

  1. Make a snow mountain by gathering a big pile of snow
  2. Place a plastic bowl or bottle into the top of the pile
  3. Fill the bowl with vinegar, a little dish soap and food coloring
  4. Add a full tablespoon of baking soda and mix

Stand back and observe the colorful “lava” flow out of your Snow Volcano!

Ideas to enrich the experience:

  • Try with sparkles mixed into the food coloring for a dazzling effect!
  • Use warm vinegar (heat speeds up chemical reactions) or change the amount of baking soda. Ask your child guess the size of the eruption (bigger or smaller) and let her test the hypothesis.
  • Discuss real volcanoes. Did you know that in Iceland there are active volcanoes under ice and snow? When the hot lava of these volcanoes erupts to meet the cold ice, steam can be seen hissing high into the air!

About the Author

Sabrina Rehman

As an engineer from Carleton University, Sabrina became heavily involved in a research and development project related to improving children’s access to early education in developing countries. Through this experience, she saw firsthand the impact early years have on the whole lives of children. She knew then that she had met her passion and wanted to be part of something this extraordinary.

She went on to complete a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Loyalist College in Bellville, Ontario. As an Engineer turned Educator, she has worked to pioneer a holistic STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum for the BrightPath programs that she has overseen as an Area Manager since 2010.

 

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What Sets Us Apart

  • Our award-winning curriculum was formed through in-depth research into early childhood learning and development. A blend of play-based (Frog Street) and child-led (Emergent) curriculums, all activities are hands-on, child-guided and exceed provincial early learning frameworks.

  • Our dedicated and passionate early childhood educators deliver an innovative, engaging and proven curriculum that ignites a love of learning and inspires and encourages individuality in every BrightPath child. Their nurturing and attentive approach offers each child a home-away-from-home experience.

  • Two-way communication is important. Monthly newsletters, curriculum nights, parent interviews, open houses and our proprietary app (BrightPath Connect™) are designed to increase the interaction between our centres and families.

  • Children need nutrition to grow in both mind and body. Believing that food choices throughout childhood fuel life long eating habits, our menu is crafted by a Registered Nutritionist and prepared in-house daily and reflects those beliefs.