Ice Art & Science Experiment Rolled Into One (Learn & Link)



In our history homeschooling I have been teaching about the Ice Ages using a Christian based curriculum called Mystery of History. I decided to do something fun with the lesson. 


Ice Art and Science Experiment 


Art because my son got to create the colors with the food coloring, salt and the ice and science to see how quickly it would melt with the salt on it.

ice art science

I poured water into an empty almond milk carton, put the cap on and placed it in our freezer until it was frozen solid. Once frozen I peeled away the carton which is easy to do once you get it started because the inside was a waxy coating. 


Once all the carton is peeled away place the ice block in a baking pan. Grab salt and food coloring and have your kids go to town! First my son drizzled salt on the top of the ice block.

ice block

It was time for the creative juices (art) to flow after the salt was coated on the top then we dotted it with different colored food coloring. My littler ones got to see the primary colors mix together forming new colors which was a great lesson for them. The food coloring on the salt left a rough and neat texture and it held the food coloring in place for now at the top of the block.

ice art

 Then it was time for the science experiment to begin. My son started drizzling the salt on the ice block at 1:33 PM so with the salt on it we wanted to see how quickly the block would melt. Knowing that salt makes ice melt quicker we were timing how long it would take to melt.

ice melt collage

 We kept the ice block in the pan at room temperature the afternoon. We guessed how long it would take to melt. My kids didn’t think it would be completely melted until the next morning but that was not the case, it was melted that night before they went to bed. 


It was not only fun for them to drizzle the salt and  food coloring but to see it all melt off into the pan as well as watching the ice block move around in the pan without anyone touching it and then seeing the whole process of it melting was very educational for them. Going from a solid to a liquid all before their very own eyes!


What science experiments have you done with ice?

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  1. I love it Nicole!!! I am DEFINITELY doing this with my boys!!

  2. How fun! I’m sure my kids would love experiments like this one.

  3. That looks so fun! My nephew would love playing around with that.

  4. That looks like so much fun. I have to try this with my nephew.

  5. Alisha Kostiuk says:

    This is a great idea! I will have to share with my sons 2nd grade teacher as they are learning about solids and liquids in science right now.

  6. This is a project I know the kids would enjoy. Making learning is so important!

  7. That looks like so much fun – plus it’s educational! Win win!

  8. Sounds like a fun science experiment! I’ll have to let my home schooling friends know about this one.

  9. My kids would be all over this one, they love science experiments!

  10. We have done some frozen ice activities in the past but not this one. My boys would love this! Adding the food coloring makes the salt look pretty cool:)

  11. This looks like so much fun! We haven’t done an ice experiment yet. 🙂

  12. This is just so cool!! I love fun, hands on things to do with kids. I’ll have to do this with my nieces.

  13. what a cool idea to do for art! My kids would love to try this!

  14. What a fun experiment! I like the way it looked when they “colored” it. We used to do experiments with dry ice.

  15. How cool is that for a K-5 grade science project. I love to experiment with my kids at home. This one works for a couple of different ages groups so no matter the kids ages they can all help and learn.

  16. What a fun experiment. I love how colorful it looked.

  17. This was a neat little experiment! I haven’t done many science experiments with my daughter but I think this is something my nephew (age 6) would enjoy exploring!

  18. oh boy, my grandsons would be all over this the next time they come for a sleepover. It’s got all the elements that kids love!

  19. What an awesome experiment. I will definitely have to try this one with my daughter. We’ve froze things in ice before, like marbles, to see how long it takes for them to unfreeze.

  20. Wow pretty amazing. Looks fun. Great post.

  21. What a fun way to show kids a science experiment, they learn more when they are having fun.

  22. What a great idea. Both fun and educational!

  23. This looks like a fun, educational, and simple experiment for kids. Always love these type of experiments. Thanks for the fun post!

  24. What a fun science experiment! My daughter would love this!

  25. katrina g says:

    great experiment. i love this idea and i’m sure my girls would love it.

  26. That looks like so much fun. I have to try this with my son!

  27. I love doing little science projects at home with the kids. It makes it more like a fun experience for them.

  28. We love doing science experiments just to see how things work but have never tried ice in any of them. This looks like fun!

  29. What a fun idea! We do lots of science experiments and will have to give this a try.

  30. That’s the perfect experiment to do right before winter hits. I never really understood why salt was spread on the roads until I taught science!

  31. How cool! What a fun experiment! I think I’ll do this with the kids on the weekend. They are all into science-type things!

  32. How cool. This looks so neat. what a fun idea.

  33. I am going to try this with my kids. This is so neat!

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