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Ages: 4-8
Grade Levels: Pre-K - 3rd

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Product Code: 313-410
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Snow Explosions
In the heat of summer, a snow explosion sounds pretty refreshing but if it is winter, a snow explosion might be something to avoid. The snow explosions in this kit, however, are amazing science discoveries you can enjoy over and over any time of year. You can make a fake snowball, fake ice cubes, colorful snow mountains, winter decorations, and more. You will discover how to “melt” fake snow and how to use it over and over again. Be ready for an explosion of fun and amazing science activities at your fingertips.
Ages: 4-8
Activites: 20
Made in: China
ISBN: 813268013466

CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs. This product contains chemicals that may be harmful if misused.

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Fun and interesting! December 31, 2013
Reviewer: Sarah Nichols  
This is a good little kit with more to do than I anticipated. I expected it to be just fake snow, basically, but it also included fake ice "cubes" as well as surprisingly detailed directions for several different experiments. The age recommendation is 4-8, which is probably accurate, although I'd say that kids up to eleven or twelve would probably get a kick out of this, too. I used with my 3.5 year old and, while he enjoyed watching the titular snow "explosion" (the snow powder reacts with the water when added and grows rapidly, probably quadrupling its size in a couple of seconds - very entertaining to watch!) and then had a good time scooping the snow and making mountains out of it and such, I think he would have enjoyed it more if he understood the science behind it all, which is the part I found fascinating. The ice cubes in particular were a bit lost on him; they are the same material as those little water pellets you dig into your flower pots to retain moisture - they start out tiny and hard and then you put them in water and, over the course of about 24 hours, they turn into firm gel cubes about 1" square. It's hard for a three year old to wait 24 hours for a reaction to occur, that's for sure! But an older child would, I'm sure, think it was neat, especially as a part of one of the included experiments, some of which use the ice cubes. I was also a bit leery of the fact that the snow powder is made of a substance that is the same or at least very similar to the stuff that is in disposable diapers; the directions are jam packed with warnings about eating the stuff. It does say it is non-toxic, but... still. For an older kid who knows not to spill it on the floor and to wash their hands before putting them in or around their mouth, this would not be an issue, but my less-than-careful 3 year old boy had a harder time remembering to keep it in the dish, and I worried about a baby or a dog coming along and "investigating" some of the snow bits that fell on the floor. For the record, the snow doesn't feel *exactly* like the filling in disposable diapers - the balls are smaller and less squishy and sticky, so they're not gross or anything like the diaper filling is. They are white and cool to the touch. (The directions give the science behind the reason they feel cool, which is pretty neat.) For those wondering, the kit includes: a bag of fake snow, a bag of fake ice cubes, a measuring scoop, a 2 oz plastic cup, a petri dish with lid, a sturdy plastic test tube with screw-on lid, a plastic squeeze-dropper, activity cards, and directions with experiment ideas. The snow bag makes 12 cups of snow when it is all hydrated, although you can do as much or as little at once as you want to.Overall, I like this product, and I would recommend it is an interesting and educational science activity for kids age 4 or 5 to 12 or so. There is a lot more to do here than I thought there would be, and the fact that the snow and ice are reusable is awesome for frugal homeschooling moms! I think I will put it away until my son is a little older, however. Next year it will be a good and safe introduction to the concept of chemicals and how we need to be mindful of our handling of them and of washing our hands before touching our faces or food. :-)

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