The US has been seeing some record-low cold temperatures this year, leaving families cooped up together in their homes in an effort to stay warm (and because there is no where else to go when school gets cancelled).
Why not take advantage of all this time together? Might as well have a little fun with this miserable weather! Bundle up your kiddos and step into your own backyard for some awesome cold weather activities to pass the time.
These 3 easy science experiments to do in cold weather are so cool that children of all ages will enjoy them! I know my 2 year old did.
I didn’t get any pictures of these activities in action because I was busy doing the experiments once we stepped outside, but they are pretty self-explanatory.
3 Easy Science Experiments
1. Toss Boiling Water In Cold Air.
Step 1: Boil water on a stove.
This is an easy one. Boil water on your stove top. Take the pot outside. Throw the water into the air! If it’s cold enough outside, it will turn to vapor right before your eyes. Very cool to watch!
Needless to say, this activity should be executed in full by a responsible parent or guardian (and be mindful of where the wind is blowing). Children should only be spectators when it comes to handling boiling water. Still, they will have so much fun observing this!
2. Blow Frozen Bubbles.
Blowing normal bubbles indoors after making frozen bubbles outside.
My 2 year old son LOVES bubbles. Is there a child who doesn’t? If it’s cold enough (9 to 12 degrees Farenheit), you can blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze before hitting the ground.
When we got too cold to continue the experiment, we moved the party inside and had some indoor bubble-blowing adventures to cap it all off! Who knew that bubbles aren’t reserved for hot summer days?
3. Make An Instant Slushee.
Oops, failed to get a picture until there was only this much left in the cup!
Rocket’s favorite drink is orange juice. So you can imagine how neat he thought it was to make an instant OJ slushee!
We took a cup of OJ, set it outside, and returned to it in about 10 minutes to find a juice slushee! Yum, yum! You can do this with just about any beverage and how long you keep it outside will depend on the precise temperature it is and your preferred slushee consistency. Just keep checking until your drink is perfect!
These activities have been an exciting way to “get out of the house” (even if for just brief moments) and explore these frozen temperatures in a new way. For older kids, these easy science experiments are also an excellent hands-on way to open discussions about how things work. If the family is stuck in the house due to cold weather, might as well learn something too.
Who says you can’t have fun when cold weather comes knocking on the door?
If you have any other simple science experiments for kids that can be done in cold weather, please share them by commenting below!