Frost in a Can 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 science experiment is a classic that kids will love to make over and over again. The activity is simple enough that kindergarten kids can do it with ease, and it is also classroom friendly.

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Winter Activities for Kindergartners

 

Frost in a Can Science Experiment

Making frost in a can is a fun science activity for kindergarten kids. Kids will love that they can make frost and freezing temperatures right at home.

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You’ll need just a few things to make your frost in a can:

  • 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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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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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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THE SCIENCE BEHIND FROST IN A CAN

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!

 

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of Kindergarten Worksheets and Games. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 123Homeschool4Me.com where she shares more than 100,000 pages of FREE worksheets,& educational ideas for PreK-8th grade along with recipes and mom tips as well.

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