Brr… it’s cold outside. Use the freezing winter weather as inspiration for a little science experiments to explore what makes ice melt faster. The following simple ICE Science Experiments for Kids will help kids explore topics from the color of ice, how fast it melts, and where you find ice in the world.
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4. Cut and complete, “What’s the difference?” Science vocabulary printable.
ICE is a solid. When frozen, ice takes the shape of the container or area in which the water is placed in. A solid is a state of matter. Solid do not change shapes to fill the space in different containers like liquids do. They are ridged and keep their own shape.
Simple ICE Science Experiments for Kids #2 What Makes Ice Melt Faster?
- containers of varying sizes and
- access to a freezer.
- Pour water into several different containers and place flat in the freezer over night.
- Release the ice from the container.
- Compare the shapes and sizes of the ice. Will the ice fit into different containers?
- Discuss the room temperature and how ice changes in warm temperatures.
- Watch the ice melt. *Note: Place it back in the containers to melt for a more contained mess. Observe which ice solid melts first. Discuss what may have contributed to the solid melting faster?
· Ice melts faster in water than in air
Colored ice? No food coloring or paint needed in nature. Ice can appear clear, blue, or even shades of greens. The color of ice depends on the impurities (like minerals) present in the ice such as soil particles or air bubbles. You can see where ice appears clear and transparent in this image or at opaque-bluish in this image.
Simple ICE Science Experiments for Kids #3 What Color is ICE?
- water color paint,
- ice cube tray,
- craft sticks,
1. Mix blue or green water color paint into your water.
2. Pour into an ice cube container.
3. Cover with tinfoil.
4. Place a craft stick through the foil into each rectangular cavity and freeze overnight.
6. Have children paint with their colored ice. The children noticed the ice was not melting quickly so they asked, “What can we do to make the ice melt faster?” Some blew on their ice cubes, some tried to break them up, and one asked if they could microwave it (we did – but it does make a mess!)
7. Allow to dry.
On earth, ice is most abundant in the Polar Regions and above the snowline. Many animals have adapted to climates with lots of ice. They have thick fur coats to keep them warm.
Simple ICE Science Experiments for Kids #4 Where can you find ICE in the world?
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Globe or map of the world
1. Point to the polar regions where ice occurs.
2. Discuss the animals that may live there and their adaptations.
Try these fun ICE themed activities from the Early Childhood Education Team:
What Makes Ice Melt Faster? by The Educators’ Spin On It
Ice Slide Segmenting Activity by Growing Book by Book
Ice Alphabet Letters by Still Playing School
Name Ice Melting Science and Art Experiment by Fun-A-Day
Slippery Ice Customizable Name Game by Life Over C’s
Sight Word Ice Excavation by Mom Inspired Life
Magic Sticky Ice-Simple Temperature Experimentby Capri + 3
Ice Painting by Powerful Mothering
Exploring Ice After a Storm by Tiny Tots Adventures