Looking for a Winter science experiment for your homeschool theme? These salt crystal snowflakes make for a perfect Winter activity with little ones, pre-k to middle school.
After making salt crystal Autumn leaves, I knew immediately that we would have to make snowflakes when the Winter season arrived! The crystals reminded me of ice, and it was the perfect activity for another season study!
For this craft, all you need is some cheap salt (and a lot of it), some blue pipe cleaners, a clothespin, and mason jars.
While You’re Planning Your Winter Theme:
- Check out my Winter Unit here. (Use code WINTER25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!)
- Here’s a list of the best Winter books for toddlers and preschoolers
- Here’s a list of fun Winter activities for preschoolers
- Here are some creative and engaging Winter crafts for preschoolers
- Here’s a list of fun and delicious Winter snacks for kids
- Here’s a fun Hot Chocolate song for preschoolers
Homeschool Preschool Winter Crafts & Activities We’ve Done:
- Snowstorm in a Jar Science Experiment
- Snowman Playdough Tray
- Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin
- Shaving Cream Sensory Writing
- Snowman Paper Plate Wreath Craft
- Easy Pretend Snow Sensory Bin with Baking Soda and Conditioner
- Cotton Ball Snowman Craft
- Torn Paper Snowflake Craft
- Thumbprint Cookies
Check out my Winter Printables for Preschoolers:
- Snowman Counting Printable
- Winter Flashcards for Preschoolers
- Gingerbread Man Lacing
- Penguin Alphabet Hat Matching Printable
- Anatomy of a Snowflake Worksheet
- Winter Pre-K Workbook
- Winter Dot Marker Pack
- Winter Coloring Book
- Printable Winter Wonderland Puppets for Preschoolers
- Winter I-Spy Busy Bag
- Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Counting Activity
- Winter Hat Craft
- Hot Cocoa Stand Dramatic Play Station
- Snowflake Nature Study
- Polar Bear Mini Unit
- Name Snowman Building Name Recognition Activity
Winter Activities and Printables for Toddlers:
- Penguin Hat Match (Color Recognition) Printable
- Fill a Snowman Activity
- Paint the Snow
- Dot Sticker Snowflake
- Winter I-Spy Worksheet
- Snowflake Painting
- Decorate the Christmas Tree Printable
- Snowflake Matching
- Cotton Ball Snow Activity Bin
Salt Crystal Snowflakes Science Experiment
To Make your Salt Crystal Snowflakes:
Start by making your snowflakes out of pipe cleaners. This can be done with your preschooler, of course!
Boil several cups of water (depending on how many jars you’re using. Once it’s boiling, turn the water off and stir in a LOT of salt. You want to add so much salt that the water is oversaturated and the salt is no longer dissolving.
Crystals may even begin to form on the surface of the pot.
Pour the solution into jars and suspend the snowflakes into the water however you can. I just used clothespins and pipe cleaners, but however you’re able to make it work is fine!
After 1-3 days, you’ll see salt crystals cover the pipe cleaner snowflakes, making for a fun discussion about the crystallization process, as well as some sensory exploration.
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