Save a Snowman

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In this activity, learners explore the concept of insulation by trying to keep Olaf the Snowman from melting. This activity encourages critical thinking and problem solving. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, STEM connections and extension ideas.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 2 ice cubes
  • 2 small Tupperware or similar containers
  • handful of cotton balls
  • masking tape roll
  • 2 10x10"" sheets of tin foil
  • 1 10x10" cloth square


  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access