Let’s beat the heat with science experiments using ice for kids!
Ice Experiments for Your Kids to Try This Summer!

Ice Experiments for Your Kids to Try This Summer!

ice experiments to try at home for kids

It’s Burning Up!

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Summer’s here and it’s knocked on our doors and invited itself in! It’s the season for beaches and children coming home laced with sweat beads and ice cream stains on their clothes. But since we’re now having our summer in the midst of a pandemic, what can you do to make science fun indoors? Do you think some carefully curated ice experiment ideas can beat your child’s boredom? To answer your question, you’ve come to the right place. Let us take a look at some of our carefully curated science experiments that anyone can do at the comfort of their homes.

The bonus being that it will also keep the heat away!

Ice Experiments to Chill your Day!

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There are a lot of fun science experiments that you can do at home, let’s take a look at some!

  1. Lava Lamp!

Though this is not exactly a lava lamp, we decided to call it that because it will look like the insides of it. The best part about this experiment is you will for sure have everything you need right in your pantry so there is no need for a grocery run.

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Things you’ll need

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Icecube tray
  • Food coloring/ water colors
  • Water 
  • A shallow pan

How to do it?

  1. Fill the ice cube trays with water and add desired color to each block if you want more colors. You can also just add food coloring to the water prior to pouring if you want one color only.
  2. Freeze it. 
  3. Now take the shallow pan and pour in the vegetable oil.
  4. Add the frozen cubes of colored water.
  5. Now let your child play around with the cubes and watch the cubes melt.

Observation:

As the ice cubes melt we can see how the colours don’t mix with the oil and this helps in teaching your child that oil and water cannot mix together. To build the suspense ask him/her what has taken place and why it looks like it’s not mixed properly. Ice experiments like these are fun and plus they can act as a conversation starter for your science classes at home. 

2. Magnetic Energy

This is your opportunity to be Houdini and open your child’s eyes to the world of ice experiments and how fascinating it is! So let’s take a look at how to do this.

Things you’ll need

  • A magnet
  • Ice cube tray
  • Water 
  • Tiny metal paper clips or anything that the magnet will attract
  • Plastic paper clip

How to do it?

  1. Fill an ice cube tray with water and drop in both metallic and non metallic paper clips (either one in each cavity).
  2. Let it freeze
  3. Once frozen, keep it on a glass table and use a magnet to attract the metallic paperclip cubes.

Observation:

Watching the paper clips that are metal being attracted to the magnet as it melts can show kids how metal attracts. The failure for the plastic ones to do the same can show the kids how some materials do not have magnetic properties. This is one of the really good science experiments for kids who are learning about magnets and how they work. The melting of the ice also acts as a fun activity to boost patience.

3. Salt + Ice experiment

Salt is known to melt ice faster as it lowers the freezing point of ice. So what can you do to incorporate this in a lesson plan? Try this out, this can be done with children from different age groups as well.

What you’ll need

  • Hard toys
  • A silicone mold
  • Water
  • Salt

How to do it?

  1. Place your child’s toys in a silicone mold and fill it with water. Freeze this.
  2. Once frozen, place the frozen toy in the backyard or wherever your child can play and you wouldn’t mind the mess.
  3. Give them a bowl of salt.
  4. Ask them to melt the ice to get to their toy by just using salt.

Observation:

For starters, as your child continues to put salt on the ice, she/he can notice how the ice melts faster when salt is added in. This will help kick start your lesson plan with them about freezing points and how to increase the freezing points. Experiments at home never got easier.

Cool, Now What?

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Now what are you waiting for? Gather all the materials required for these ice experiments and start having fun with your child. Learning doesn’t have to be with a heavy book and tons of notes. Learning can happen through so many different ways like through these science experiments. In these three simple science activities, we have successfully covered three different topics that form the backbone for science. 

To end with, I had a nice ice pun to tell you…but it slipped my mind!

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