winter science for kids My daughter loves Sid The Science Kid and we have been having fun trying out simple science experiments. One science experiment was so much fun and so simple to do that we knew we had to share it with you. Making an iceberg is easy and you don’t need any special scientific supplies just a container and some small toys and doodads you have lying around. What is special is how your child will learn and have fun with science.

Iceberg science experiement for kids

What You Will Need

  • a plastic container with a lid to help avoid spills
  • water
  • a sheet of paper and markers ( clip board is optional)
  • toys and doodads like pom poms, crayons, beads, blocks and corks

How to Prepare the Activity

iceberg science experiment for kids
  • Start by making a simple chart for predictions.

Time To Experiment

winter iceberg science
Ask your child to predict if the toy will float and freeze on the top of the water or sink and freeze on the bottom. Sort everything first and then add them to the water. After they are in the water a while ask your child if they think their predictions are correct. My daughter immediately noticed that the crayon started out floating but soon sank. Also the pom poms were floating happily for a while but if they absorbed water they started to sink. When they are done exploring add the lid on and pop the whole thing in the freezer overnight.


iceburg freeze and find outThe next day it’s time to explore the results. Feel the ice, notice what’s sticking out of the ice on top and then flip it over and carefully pop the iceberg out of the container. Discuss what’s frozen in the bottom of the block of ice. My daughter loved this. She explored it much longer than I expected and I was thrilled.

Next Steps

You can take this one step further by adding in a journal to draw pictures of the predictions and results. You can also pop the block of ice back into the container and using warm water “free” all the items.

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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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