How much water does it take to make a bucket of snow? Make a few guesses with your kids about how much water will be in the bucket after the snow melts. My boys thought that it would be about the same—that a snowflake equaled a drop of water.
They were so surprised to learn how little water it takes to make a full bucket of snow. Now imagine together how much snow would stack up on one of the really rainy summer days.
What you need:
What you do:
Fill a bucket of snow to the very top.
Set the bucket in the sun or indoors.
Watch it melt and compare how low the level of the water is to the height of the full bucket.
What did your children learn? As a follow up, try this neat snowflake experiment to help kids understand how snowflakes grow and why a snowflake takes up more space than a drop of water.