Kids will love this fishing for ice cubes experiment that can be done no matter the temperature outside. Winter science doesn’t have to involve freezing cold temperatures or mountains of fluffy snow outside. Our easy ice cube fishing activity is perfect for at home or in the classroom.
FISHING FOR ICE WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!
The best part of this icy winter science experiment is that you don’t need ice fishing gear or a frozen lake to enjoy it! That means everyone can try it. Plus you have everything you need in the kitchen to get started.
This icy science experiment doesn’t have to be prepped ahead of time (unless you don’t have any ice cubes on hand). You could even make fun ice cubes with novelty ice cube trays.
Some more fun winter science ideas we have enjoyed…
- Making frost on a can.
- Engineering a snowball launcher for indoor snowball fights and kids physics.
- Exploring how polar bears stay warm with blubber experiment!
- Creating a Snow Storm in a Jar for an indoor winter blizzard.
ICE FISHING SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
- Ice Cubes
- Glass of Water
- Food Coloring (optional)
- String or Twine
HOW TO SET UP WINTER ICE FISHING
Let’s get started with ice fishing winter science in the comfort of your warm home! *Before you actually get into the full experiment, have your kids attempt to use the string to fish for ice. What happens?
STEP 1. Add half a dozen or so ice cubes to a cup and fill with water.
STEP 2. Lay the string over an ice cube.
STEP 3. Sprinkle salt over the string and ice. Wait 30-60 seconds.
STEP 4. Gently pull the string. The ice should come along with it!
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR ICE FISHING
There’s a couple of things to keep in the back of your mind when you are doing this ice fishing experiment. First, the length of time the string sits on the ice can make a difference. Experiment with different time increments.
Second, the amount of salt used can affect the melting of the ice. Too much salt and the ice will melt too fast. Or too little time on the ice, the string won’t have time to freeze to the cube! Measure the amounts of salt you use and compare.
ALSO CHECK OUT: What makes ice melt faster?
Turn your ice fishing activity into an easy experiment. Encourage your kids to come up with questions and to dig a little deeper into this science project. For example…
- How many seconds is the right amount of time for the string to pick up the ice?
- What type of string is best for ice fishing?
THE SCIENCE OF ICE FISHING
Why does everyone use salt to melt ice? Adding salt to ice will lower the ice’s melting point.
Salt causes a physical change by altering the properties and temperature of the ice cube. However, if the surrounding temperature is still freezing, the ice will re-freeze (reversible change) and freeze the string along with it. Now you have ice fishing!
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