Winter Science Activity Ideas

All my children love playing with ice, there is something about it being cold and slippy that really appeals to them. There are endless different ways to explore ice and melting, here are some of my favourite and some other great Winter themed activity ideas.

How about making some sensory snow? We have three great recipes for you.

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Play with ice in a balloon. This activity is very simple and fun for even very little children. You could even make the balloon into a snake like we did.

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Make some seasonal ice. We made this one for Autumn. I added some pinecones and leaves before leaving the water to freeze.


How about this sparkly version? You could try to find ways to make it melt faster? How about using warm water or salt?

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Move wire through ice. A grown up might have to help with this one, and you don’t have to use a large a piece as we did.



Make Frost. This one is always a big hit in our house, watch as the frost appears on the side on the can.

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Investigate melting.


Colour mixing with fruity ice. This one is good for summer as well, you can make fun slushy drinks and see what colours you end up with.

Finally, and this is my favourite. Investigate how to get a toy car to move across a sheet of ice. How do you think you could stop the car slipping?

Do you have any other winter science ideas for us?

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  1. These are some fantastic and original ideas for playing with ice. I especially like the ice in a balloon and seasonal ice activities. I look forward to trying some of these out with my kids!

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    • Let us know how you get on. x

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  2. Great ideas to keep kids busy during winter months. Thank you

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    • Glad you like them.

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  3. Wow I just found your post through Coombemill! We had great fun with dino ice this week!

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    • ooooh dino ice sounds good. x

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  4. Great fun! we’ll be giving some of these a try for sure. We msde ice paints last week which were great fun!

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  5. We make ice boats!
    1. Grab a not-too-deep, plastic container of any shape
    2. Grab a mast – we like to use large wooden popsicle sticks as they are not so harmful to the environment, but some people use a drinking straw
    3. Make a sail to fit your mast – as simple or elaborate as you like. We use paper or cardboard and tape it to the mast
    4. Pop a small ball of modelling clay or blutac into the base and secure the mast upright
    5. Fill the container two thirds with water – we often add some food dye, this looks amazing as the boats melt, especially if you can convince your small people to let the water alone so it stays very still and flat (in this case, you get another science lesson as you observe currents and eddies)
    6. Freeze then sail in a bathtub or splashpool or even a baby bath

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