The weather has changed, it’s so much colder, but it didn’t stop us from doing a fun frozen hands science experiment.
Possum (aged 7 years) and Boo (aged 4 years) absolutely love to engage in fun science activities and science experiments, we’ve shared lots of them already on the blog.
Recommended ages: 2 years +
(Strict and active supervision is always required on content shared)
Boo is currently interested in anything that involves water and so learning how water responds to cold temperatures was sure going to be a great lesson.
Water typically turns to ice when it falls below 32F, or below 0C.
To do this simple science experiment you’ll need only a few materials.
For this simple science activity you can do at home or school, you’ll need –
- Rubber glove
Begin by carefully pouring water into the rubber glove and closing the end with a knot or a strong tie.
Add it to the freezer and wait until it has completely frozen.
This might take 12-24 hours.
One the rubber glove feels completely frozen solid you can carefully peel back the rubber glove to reveal the icy contents.
Boo was absolutely fascinated with the now icy water.
Check out this cool video of people freezing boiling water. We obviously don’t suggest you try this as it could cause burns, but this video is awesome.
Science Activity Observations
Boo had a wonderful time experimenting and playing with the frozen hand outside.
It became a wonderful sensory experience for her and she loved to watch it begin to melt with it being exposed to the warmer temperatures from outside.
Boo experimented with it by pouring water on it and observing. We talked about how quickly it might melt and if anything could be done to speed up or slow down the melting process.
Extending this activity for next time
Next time we hope to extend this activity and try a variety of liquids and see if one freezes faster than another.
Would your child enjoy this icy experiment?