Kids love to do science experiments. They get to play while learning about science too. Here are some fun science experiments for your children to do during the winter holidays.
Your kids will love this frozen bubble experiment. Create a bubble solution of 1/2 cup soap powder, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 3 cups of hot water.
You need to do this science activity on a really cold day, when temperatures are below freezing. Take the bubble solution outside and use a bubble wand to create a bubble on the wand. If there is no wind, the bubble will quickly turn into a frozen bubble. You can also do this activity with store bought bubble solution. Fun!
For older children, have them predict which will melt ice the fastest: water or salt or both. Have your child put out three pans and put ice in each pan. Add a small amount of water to the first pan, salt to the second pan, and a mixture of both to the third pan. Have your child record the results.
Give each of your children an ice cube and see who can melt their ice cube the fastest, by holding it, sitting on it, blowing on it, etc.
Help your child fill a variety of balloons with water and set them in the freezer. If it is below freezing outside, you can place the balloons outside to freeze. It will take several days for the water in the balloons to freeze completely.
Place the frozen balloons under warm water for a second and the balloons will peel right off, leaving a frozen ball of ice. Make the balls in a variety of sizes and colors, by adding food coloring to the water before freezing.
Your child can then compare sizes of the balls, and younger children can practice color recognition. The colored balls look great sitting out in the snow. Your kids will have a lot of fun with these.
For a fun winter dinosaur dig, take small plastic dinosaurs that you can find at the Dollar Store and freeze them in some water in ice cube containers.
Give your children a plastic tub to put the ice cubes in and give them some sort of kid-safe mallet to crush the ice cubes, allowing your children to have their own dinosaur dig.
Grow a Snowflake
Cut a white pipe cleaner into three equal sections. Twist them together into the shape of a snowflake.
You will also need a pencil, a pint sized canning jar, and a piece of string.
Tie the string to the end of one of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end of the short string to the middle of the pencil.
Fill the canning jar with boiling hot water. Add three tablespoons of Borax (available in the laundry aisle at Waltmart), stirring after each tablespoon is added.
Lay the pencil on top of the canning jar with the pipe cleaner snowflake suspended in the hot water. The snowflake should not be touching the sides of the jar.
Set the jar out overnight, and the next day “ice” crystals will form on the snowflake.
Your kids will have fun making their own “frost”. Have them fill a clean empty soup can about 2/3 way full with ice.
Take a piece of paper and wet it with approximately 1 teaspoon of water. Place the soup can on the wet paper.
Have your child add salt to the can, and continue adding salt until the can is full. Stir the ice and salt together. In a few minutes, the can will appear to be covered with frost.
These winter science experiments are fun for kids of all ages. Let them play and have fun while also learning important science concepts.
Kelly Watson is a professional blogger that enjoys discussing education. She writes for Lamplighter Montessori School, a private school in Memphis, TN.