Like a lot of you out there, we are in the midst of a deep freeze.
Temperatures in our area are the coldest we have felt in 20 years.
It’s the type of cold that cancels school, closes businesses and keeps you from going outside unless you absolutely have too.
However, it’s also the kind of cold that you can try to safely experiment with.
Which is exactly what we did the other day.
The kids and I took a few chilly experiments and put them to the test.
First up, we tried the frozen bubble experiment.
We made our own bubble mixture out of water, Dawn dish soap, sugar and corn starch.
At first all the bubbles popped before they hit ground so we made the mixture a little thicker by adding more corn starch.
The bubble froze in seconds but I never got the pretty crystal effect that was shown in the original experiment because when I went back to check on the bubble, about an hour later, it was gone.
Next up we tried the frozen water balloon experiment.
This was super easy.
We put a drop of food coloring in some water balloons, filled the balloons up with water and then set them outside to freeze. After the balloons were frozen we peeled the balloon away and we were left with pretty balls of ice!
I’m thinking you could totally have fun with this and add some glitter in the balloons too, or some tiny little trinkets and I just may experiment more with it when the temperatures aren’t so dangerously cold. A little tip on this, make sure the water inside the balloons is all the way frozen, which can take several hours even in super cold temperatures. From experience-if you try to peel away the balloon too soon you are going to have a mess all over your hands.
Next the boiling water turns to snow test.
You boil water and then throw it in the freezing air and most of it turns to snow.
This totally didn’t work the first time and all I had was boiling water almost splashing on me, and my husband shaking his head behind me. However, I did try it again when the temperature was colder (about -11) and it totally worked, but I didn’t get any pictures. If you do try this I recommend that you proceed with caution because some of the boiling water does come splashing down.
And then of course, there was Leroy, who was conducting his own “How Much Ice and Snow Can I Eat Before My Mouth Freezes” experiment.
Let’s just say he can eat ice and snow for at least 8 minutes in -35 degrees, without his mouth freezing shut, anything after that I am not responsible for.
So how are you holding up in this frigid weather? Anything fun you’ve been experimenting with?