Santa Claus in a Snowstorm
Chemistry has a million real world applications, but there is none more festive that creating a snow globe right in your own home! It's not holiday magic! The Santa in a Snowstorm experiment uses a supersaturated solution to create a snow globe that you don't have to buy from a gift shop.
- 20g Benzoic Acid
- 2 L (?2 quart) beaker
- 3 L (?3 quart) jar
- 1 gallon jars work great
- Plastic figurine
- Stirring Rod
- Hot plate
- Hot glue gun
- Safety equipment
- Slowly heat about 1.8 L (1.8 quarts) of tap water in 2 L beaker using a hot plate. Do not allow the water to boil
- As the water is heating, add 20 grams of benzoic acid. Continue to heat and stir the mixture until the benzoic acid completely dissolves. Again, do not boil the solution.
- Remove the solution from the hot plate and allow the solution to cool.
- While the solution cools, use a hot glue gun to glue the plastic figurine (no, it doesn't have to be Santa) to the inside of your 3 L jar lid.
- Once the solution has cooled completely, give it a quick stir and pour it into the 3 L jar. Fill the remaining space with additional tap water.
- Cap the jar tightly with the figurine lid and turn the jar upside down. Look at that! It's a homemade snow globe!