Anytime a child asks to do experiments, go for it. You cannot start of love of science, or math for that matter, early enough. And by experiment, I don't mean anything difficult, time consuming, or dangerous. Just something to get the kids thinking about how things work and asking questions.
In about 2-3 hours we got a nice soft ice cream.
It was yummy but still pretty soft. More like a chocolate shake than a bowl of ice cream. That, however, did not stop us from eating it!
We then put the metal bowl back outside overnight. The next day we had a solid, scoopable ice cream.
The second experiment we tried was to freeze water balloons. I have seen the picture on Pintrest enough times where they froze big balloons full of water and food coloring that I wanted to try it myself. Using my daughter's curiosity as a front, we gave it a go.
First a word of warning. This can be a big mess. You have to fill the balloons with water. And you need to put the food coloring in the balloon before filling with water. So if the balloon pops or springs a leak while filling with water, or carrying to the door, you will have colored water everywhere. This did not happen to us but it could have.
We put the balloons outside in the snow, in the grass to freeze. Do not put the balloons on stone or cement or any walkway that might get stained by the food coloring. We have all stone and cement paver walkways so we put the balloons safely in the snow in the grass to prevent staining.
In the above picture you can see two of the three red balloons. The middle blue one popped before I could get the picture of the three balloons. I didn't take a picture of the unfrozen balloons when I first put them out because it was dark and below zero.
The next day when I went to remove the red balloon to reveal the colored ice spheres, I found that they were not completely frozen. There was a little pocket of water down underneath the ice sphere. So when the balloons were popped, this colored water spilled onto the snow. Again I am glad I didn't put them near the driveway. My daughter thinks they are super cool.
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Have some fun and try some experiments with your family.
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