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How to Make Frost Science in a Can Science Experiment for Winter

Have your kids ever wondered why frost begins to appear in the morning as winter approaches? This easy frost experiment allows children to visually see how to make frost. This winter science experiment is a fun project for elementary age students in kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders! Plus, all you need for this frost in a can science experiment are a few simple materials! So try this winter science activities for preschoolers this January!

This easy frost experiment allows children to visually see how to make frost. This winter science experiment is a fun project for elementary age students in kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders! Plus, all you need for this frost in a can science experiment are a few simple materials! So try this winter science activities for preschoolers this January!

How to Make Frost

Do your kids love Frozen or maybe they loved Frozone in the Incredibles? The ability to create frost and ice at a single touch sounds like an amazing super power. Now, we couldn’t make frost in a single touch, but let me show you a simple way to create frost that is a great teaching opportunity. This frost experiment is great for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – add this to your winter science experiments to try!

Creating Frost Science Experiments

Frost Experiment

To make your own frost you will need a couple simple materials you probably already have on hand:

Supplies:

  • Tin cans – cleaned and remove sharp edges
  • Ice – crushed or cubed will work
  • Salt

The Science Behind Frost and Salt/Ice Reactions

Salt lowers the freezing point of the ice. This causes it to pull heat from the air and tin can, significantly dropping the temperature on the surface of the tin can. Moisture from the air will freeze as it comes in contact with the cold surface of the can, leading to the creation of frost.

creating frost winter science control

Frost in a can science experiment

In this experiment we wanted to explore the importance of salt in the frost creation process. To do this we set up a control, plus our experiment.

Our control consisted of a tin can filled with ice but no salt. We filled the other tin can with ice and salt sprinkled over all the ice. Then we sat back and watched.

Very quickly the tin can with the salt and ice mixture started getting colder. Over time the cold became intense and there was a bit of condensation on the tin but it wasn’t turning to frost and was so thin it was almost not there. The tin can was also hard to touch it was so cold, but even 15 minutes later we still had no frost.

We were stumped. The tin can with salt ice was so cold it stuck to my fingers when I went to empty the ice from it. The tin can with no salt was just cool. There was a significant difference in the temperatures, just no frost.

creating frost winter science condensation

Frost in a can

Here is a close up. Just a very thin layer of condensation, but no frost build up or crystallization like we see in the frost outside.

Our how is frost formed experiment was a failure.

But scientists don’t fail, they examine, evaluate, investigate, then experiment again.

Making Adjustments and Learning from Failure

creating frost winter science

Winter science experiment

After our first make your own frost experiment failed to produce frost we discussed what was needed for frost to form. We had the tin cans that would conduct the cold. Having it stick to my fingers was proof of that. But something was missing.

It’s winter here, and winter in our neck of the woods is cold and very, very dry. After explaining this to the kids, I asked if they could think what was missing for our frost to form.

Very quickly they came up with the answer: humidity! Our air is lacking the humidity or moisture in the air that we needed to create frost.

We explored a few different ideas for how to adjust this variable in our experiment. We placed steamy cups of water near the tin cans. We tried adding water to our tin cans. We tried blowing on them. Changing all of those variables failed to produce frost. Then we decided to move the whole experiment to the washroom while someone was having a shower, and it worked!

science experiment

Winter science Activities for Preschoolers

We finally created frost! We had beautiful little crystals and wonderful frost build up on the can.

It took a little experimentation and exploring the science, but going through this process of scientific experimentation made for a learning experience that will stay with my kids for a long time. They not only learned about how frost forms, but learned about our dry climate and why it is so dry in winter.

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Snowman Crafts

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Winter Crafts

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Winter Activities

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Winter Science

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Snowman Printables

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Winter Printables

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Snowman Math

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Winter Math

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Science for Kids

Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. 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! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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