Fun with frozen: making ice grow

Do your kids love Elsa and “Frozen?” If so, give this science experiment a try!

I have been noticing lots of fun ideas being shared by my fellow bloggers that are all related to the Walt Disney movie “Frozen.”  I must admit that my grandsons and I have enjoyed watching this movie at home on more that one occasion. So for all you “Frozen” fans out there (and for those of you who just like really cool ice science), here is a fun way to make ice grow just like Elsa does! Well almost – to correctly state this for our young scientists, here is what crystallization means…

Getting Started

So I am going to try and explain this but at the end of this post, I will put a video link to where you can learn a little bit more about it and probably understand it better, too.  It isn’t all that complicated but it helps to have a little extra information.  First you need to place some unopened bottles of water in your freezer and leave them there for about 2 hours and 45 minutes…

For a Colorful Effect Try This

You can color the water first if you would like to make colored ice grow. I tried it both ways with the same success. Be sure to seal the bottle closed tightly before placing them in your freezer. Set your bottles flat in the freezer like I have here for best results…

After the 2 hours and 45 minutes, your water should still look like water and not be frozen. The photo below is too frozen…

The Excitement Begins as the Ice Grows

Gently take your super icy cold water out of the freezer and handle very gently. Don’t shake, knock, or jar the bottle or your water will now turn into ice before you are ready.  Set out a tub of ice (you need to use a container that will allow for plenty of water overflow so a bigger container might be better than the cup you see here).  Then pour a steady stream of water over the ice and you will see the ice begin to grow. You can do this on one ice cube or a bunch of ice cubes…

Watch and be Amazed by the Transformation

Keep the stream of water going. Move it around a bit as your ice grows taller and grow more ice around your container. You can create as many ice towers (or castles) as you like until your bottle runs out of water or your container starts to get too full and spill out onto the floor! By keeping the water pouring in one spot, your ice will grow…

and grow…

And grow!

Enjoy “Frozen” Science in Your Classroom

Before giving this a go, we will work on our pouring skills through water play! I’ve added a short video of the process  which you can view below… Enjoy!

Now to learn more about this entire process, you will want to view this video below or it can be found here —>

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By |2018-12-03T18:19:52+00:00July 18th, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Trisha July 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I already had my two week summer preschool camp with ‘Frozen’ as one of the themes, but this is cool in general. Thanks!

  2. Suzanne July 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    That is pretty cool Deborah! I am certainly impressed!

  3. Rhythm July 19, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Pretty cool!!!

  4. Kate_Laughing Kids Learn July 20, 2014 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Thats AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing this great idea Deb.

  5. Janette July 28, 2014 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Hi I have just been introduced to your Live caterpiller kit and was interested where are you based, I am in Victoria Austraila andwas wondering if you deliver here (before the eggs hatch)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Janette,
      I am sorry if I have confused you but I do not sell the caterpillar kits. I was given one by a parent but you can possibly go on Amazon and order one. I am not sure where they would be available to folks in Australia! My best to you! Deborah

  6. Amanda January 20, 2015 at 1:29 am - Reply

    This has to be the coolest snow/ice experiment I have seen! I can’t wait to try it with my kids. Thanks!

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  9. Ashley November 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Do you start with room temperature water bottles?

  10. Sheila December 4, 2017 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Tried it as an at homework science experiment and it failed miserably! Sent instructions and told them if they had questions to watch video—was it to be done in the summer, for different atmospheric impact???

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  13. Spencer January 24, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

    This is really cool. I am doing this experiment for the science fair. Thank for the inspiration

  14. Madeline February 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    That looks cool!!!!😎😊😋

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