Magic Snowflakes for Frozen 2!

We made these magic snowflakes to get ready for Frozen 2 this week and my daughter couldn’t get enough of them! They utilize differing solubilities of markers to make it look like color is coming out of nowhere!

Materials

  • Coffee filters
  • Black indelible marker
  • Washable markers (any color)
  • Eye dropper
  • Water

Method

  1. Draw the snowflake with the black indelible marker.
  1. Color over it with the washable color markers, being careful to stay only on the black lines.
  1. Give it to your kids and have them drop water on to the snowflake to see the colors evolve and dance about!

Discussion

The black marker is not soluble in water so it does not run when you drop the water on it. The washable markers are colored by molecules that are soluble water, however, so they are lifted from the coffee filter and carried around the plate. It is a beautiful, surprising effect and one that can be modified for many other themes besides Frozen!

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