Try these fun cold-weather DIY experiments

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 19:24:19-05

If the kids are bored with all the cold weather – and you are too – here are a couple of quick and easy experiments that help explain the weather and science.

First – heat up some water --  pour it in a Super Soaker – head outside and fire away.

The hot water hits the bitter cold air, immediately forming ice crystals and your own snow storm. This is pretty much the same principle behind Lake Effect snow - cold air passes over the warmer water.

Here’s another one: Blow up a balloon.  Take it outside and watch it magically whither.

Cold is more dense so the air inside starts to shrink as the molecules come together. Bring the balloon back inside and watch it grow again as the reverse happens.

A lot of fun - and it's all based on science. 

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