Investigating Why Snow Melts

The gorgeous white fluffy stuff is finally here. Many Manitobans sigh and feel blue about the incoming winter, but I love it. Everything, from the excessive amount of clothes needed, to the tobogganing and freezing nose hair!!!

Daisy and I went out to play after daycare one night and got chatting about the snow and how it was still melting during the day. This sparked a need to find out how we could slow down the melting process. The picture above is Daisy collecting some snow to bring indoors (don’t worry, she has been told not to eat yellow snow).

Equal amounts of snow were put in bowls.

One was put in the fridge.

Another had an ice cube added and was left on the counter.

The third was also left on the counter.

The ice cube and fridge were Daisy’s ideas and the third is a control.

We guessed (hypothesized) about how long they would take to melt.

You can just see a little ice cube after 1 1/2 hours. The control was just water but we were very excited to find the snow in the fridge was still snow.

Learning Opportunities:


  • Set up an experiment
  • Form a hypothesis
  • Explain results

What will you do with the abundance of snow we are about to get?

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