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How to Make Frost in a Can Winter Science Experiment

Now that winter will be here soon, bring the fun of winter indoors without having to put on mittens. This fun frost in a can project is a classic winter science experiment for kids that toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders love to make over and over again. The how to make frost activity is simple enough that children can do it with ease, and it is also classroom friendly.

Now that winter will be here soon, bring the fun of winter indoors without having to put on mittens. This fun frost in a can project is a classic winter science experiment for kids that toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders love to make over and over again. The how to make frost activity is simple enough that children can do it with ease, and it is also classroom friendly.

Frost in a Can

Making frost in a can is a fun science activity for kindergarten kids. Kids will love that they can try this frost experiment at home without getting cold. Try this how to make frost project with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students. This is such an engaging, easy winter science experiment perfect for December, January, and February.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – this salt and ice experiment is a simple science experiment to teach kids how does frost form.

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Frost experiment

To try this simple frost experiment  you only need a few simple materials you probably already have at your home.

Supplies:

  • Salt
  • Ice
  • Can
HINT:  Make sure your can is opened correctly so that it won’t cut little fingers as they do this activity.
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How to make frost

Fill the can up with ice, then fill it about halfway with water. Now show the kids how to sprinkle salt in the can, then cover the top.

Shake it up a bit, then wait about 3 minutes. Now watch as your frost in a can appears.
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Salt and ice experiment

Frost will start forming on the outside of the can. If you think your frost needs a little help, try adding a bit more salt or shaking it up a bit more.

Depending on how cold it is in your house, it make take a bit more time for frost to form. After about 3 minutes, you’ll be able to scratch the frost off with a nail.
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How does Frost Form

Condensation forms when the temperature inside the can varies drastically from the temperature outside the can. When you use ice and lower the melt point of the ice, the process happens faster and more drastically, causing frost to form on the outside of the can. Make sure you see all our Kindergarten Science Activities!

Melting Snowman-Science Experiment Snow-Volcano-Science-Experiment Aren’t you always curious how much snow you actually get? My kids are too. This fun winter stem activity is a great way for children to learn how to measure snowfall with a fun winter science experiment. Start out measuring marshmallows, cotton, or water and then use with winter science to top  relying on the weather reporter, but I figured it was time that we measured it on our own. So we made a Snowman Measuring Jar. It’s not only cute but it is functional! THis is a fun winter activity for kids from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. 

Looking for more fun winter science projects for kids? We’ve got lots of fun ideas for you to try!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of Kindergarten Worksheets and Games. As a busy mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Browse through more than 200,000 pages of FREE worksheets & educational activities for kindergartners! Plus don't miss her other sites www.123homeschool4me.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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