Finding engaging activities to do indoors with children can be hard during cold winter months. Stay warm and celebrate the cold with activities inspired by the Frozen movies. Whether you are a Frozen fan who can’t let it go or not, these science activities are perfect to incorporate into any winter theme.
If students have yet to see Frozen or the sequel, show a clip or explain the superpowers that Elsa has. This science experiment will allow students to have Elsa’s powers of instantly creating ice. The preparation needed for this experiment is crushed ice, purified bottled water, a glass, and access to a freezer. For it to work, the water needs to be at the point of freezing. Trial and error are required to find the amount of time that this might take, but around 2 to 2.5 hours is likely. At that point, take the bottle out and pour it at an angle into a glass. Have the student dip their finger into the crushed ice, where a few particles remain on their finger when they dip it into the water. As they dip it into the water, the water should instantly crystallize into ice!
A similar experiment can be done using almost frozen water to create a snowman. Take a plate, fill it with water and let it freeze over to be the base of the snowman. Once the water bottle is near the freezing point, take it out and pour it onto the iced plate base. Like in the previous experiment, once the nearly frozen water reacts with the frozen particle, it instantly becomes ice. These snowmen that are built can also be decorated with googly eyes, a nose, and objects to be its arms. Be aware though that eventually the snowman will melt, but if the plate is still icy and there is extra almost frozen water, students can rebuild their snowmen again!
If you’ve seen the original movie, you know that it ends with Anna warming Elsa’s heart. In this next experiment, students can melt a frozen heart. This experiment can also be done to melt other objects out of an ice formation such as a dinosaur figurine. Using an ice cube tray, sequin hearts or another intended freezing object, and some water, you can make an ice cube with the object inside. Some objects may float to the top of the surface, so it may be useful to fill the tray up in different increments. Once the object is frozen, take it out of the tray and place it onto a container where the mess will be contained. Using an eyedropper with warm water, the ice cube will instantly start to melt and the object will come out! This experiment can also be done by creating frozen Elsa-like hands and using similar methods to melt them!