Fun with frozen: making ice grow

Fun with frozen: making ice grow

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…

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

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…

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

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…

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

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

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

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…

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

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…

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

and grow…

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

And grow!

Ice Science: Making Ice Grow by Teach Preschool

I haven’t tried this with my class yet but it is on my list to do. First we will work on our pouring skills through water play and then we will be ready to give this idea a go! I’ve added a short video of the process  which you can view below…

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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  • Trisha Posted July 18, 2014 2:52 pm

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

  • Suzanne Posted July 18, 2014 4:59 pm

    That is pretty cool Deborah! I am certainly impressed!

  • Rhythm Posted July 19, 2014 10:26 am

    Pretty cool!!!

  • Kate_Laughing Kids Learn Posted July 20, 2014 3:07 am

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

  • Janette Posted July 28, 2014 2:05 am

    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. Posted July 28, 2014 1:31 pm

      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

  • Amanda Posted January 20, 2015 1:29 am

    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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  • Ashley Posted November 27, 2017 12:14 pm

    Do you start with room temperature water bottles?

  • Sheila Posted December 4, 2017 6:07 am

    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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  • Spencer Posted January 24, 2018 9:39 am

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

  • Madeline Posted February 17, 2018 5:23 pm

    That looks cool!!!!😎😊😋

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