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February 4, 2013

DIY Frost



This is a quick, easy experiment to show little ones how FROST is made! I found it over at Science Sparks a month or so ago and have been waiting for the right time to use it.   We've been seeing a lot of frost around with the cold weather, and with a couple of us under the weather this past week, it seemed like a good time to pull it out!


 You only need a few things to do this.  A clean, empty can (ours are from soup), ice (I crushed ours), salt, and water.  Start by filling your can at least halfway with ice.


Then add some salt and water.  We tried rock salt in one can and sea salt in the second.  Both worked fine.  I stirred ours around a little, but I don't know that it helped any.


Then you wait.  See the frost starting to form.


The girls liked the fact that they could draw in it.


Wait even longer, and you have more frost!



What's happening? The salt lowers the melting temperature of ice (as seen HERE), so adding it and the water allows the ice to quickly melt and cool off the can (to below freezing).  The can becomes much colder then the surrounding air which cause the water vapor in the air to form tiny ice crystals on the side of the can aka FROST!

Like I said, super simple (but still educational) for those days that you don't feel like putting something elaborate (or messy) together! 




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44 comments:

  1. My kids will love this! We don't get snow, and it hasn't been very cold. I could at least show them a bit of how cold weather works :)

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    1. I wish I could say the same about the weather here, but maybe this would get them interested in cold weather. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I'm a new follower of your cute blog from Mom's Monday Mingle link-up! I can't wait to keep reading a long!

    Please feel free to stop by and say hi!
    www.dannyandsamantha.blogspot.com

    -Sam

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I will certainly stop by your blog!

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  3. Cool project. We've been having such a mild winter, we need to make our own frost this year. :-)

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    1. It is so simple; I hope you do try it! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Lovely post, thanks for sharing this! My son and I were having a discussion about frost the other day, so I know he will looooove this activity! I'm going to Pin it now so I remember! Hope you have a great week.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to show him; my girls were pretty amazed by it! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I pinned this on the Eco Kids board, and I thank you for sharing. It's great for kids of all ages, and I think my girls would like making designs in it too! http://pinterest.com/pin/48554502204759050/

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    1. Thanks for pinning! It was so simple! There really is no reason not to try it!

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    1. Thanks for hosting and visiting Diana!

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  7. Ooh, I've got to do this with my weather-obsessed boys. Thanks for sharing it with us at Creative Learning

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    1. I hope they enjoy it! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Awesome experiment and having taught 8th grade science before having my girls for a bit, my students would have loved this!! And now so would my girls. Thanks for sharing and happily following you now from Raising Imperfections Hop!! :)

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    1. I hope you try it out Janine. It is so simple! Thanks for visiting and following!

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  9. Easy... Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Raising Imperfection!

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  10. Such a cute idea!! I'll have to try this with Reagan :) She likes stuff that she can interact with :)

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    1. I bet she would be fascinated with the ability to draw in it too. Thanks for having me again!

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  11. What a fun idea for the kids. I'm visiting today from Raising Imperfection. :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting! It was pretty intersting to watch!

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  12. I found you from Diana Rambles Party! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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    1. Thank you! I will certainly visit the party this week, as well as follow in return!

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  13. Great project! Pinning and following now! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Please come link up with us again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/fairy-finders-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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    1. Thank you Hannah! I will try to make it, but I don't know if I have anything that fits this week. I'll look!

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  14. What fun!! We live somewhere where it gets cold but rarely snows so anything that I can bring into our homeschool that creates a winter (or in this case frosty) wonderland is always a hit! Thank you for linking up this week to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop!

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    1. I would gladly send you our winter. It has been very mild this year, but I am still not a fan! Thanks for hosting and visiting!

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  15. What a great idea! My boys would love this. Thanks for sharing and for linking up at Family Fun Friday at http://HappyandBlessedHome.com
    God Bless! ~ Monica

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    1. Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful week!

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  16. Oh, what a neat experiment!! I love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  17. I love how they explored drawing on the frost. That would be a fun way to practice writing. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase!

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    1. Thanks for hosting and visiting Trisha!

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  18. What a great learning experience. Thank you for sharing on the weekly kids co-op. I've featured you today on my blog.

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    1. Thanks for featuring! I will be sure to visit and share on facebook!

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  19. I love this idea, how much fun would it be!

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

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  20. This is a great, simple exploration! Love this idea. I popped over from Science Sunday.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I know my kids loved exploring the frost! I hope you try it.

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  21. Wow. I've never come across this experiment before... I think we will be trying this in the winter when the boys start asking about frost on the windows! Thank you so much for sharing xx

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  22. Love this! Pinned to Pinterest for the weather unit my daughter will start next week in homeschool. Now following from http://scrappybaglady.blogspot.com/ .

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