Dry ice is a very fun way to get the whole family excited about science. Since it’s such a flexible substance, you can use it to teach a whole variety of things and demonstrate many different concepts. Here are some of our favorite science experiments that use dry ice.
This science experiment will help your kids to understand why exactly dry ice is named dry ice! Using a pair of tongs, put a regular ice cube onto a plate. Next, put a dry ice cube onto another plate. As your kids to predict what will happen to each ice cube within 2 hours. Most kids will guess that both ice cubes will melt. After one hour, have your children re-observe. The traditional ice cube did indeed start to melt into water, but the dry ice cube disappeared! This is a great easy way to teach about sublimation and how some substances, like dry ice, go straight from solid to gas.
Fun with Water
Next, use the pair of tongs to put a piece of dry ice into a container or glass full of warm water. Right away, the dry ice will start to sublimate. The cool water vapor that appears over the glass is safe to touch. This water vapor has a very cool smoking and bubbling effect that your kids will love.
This science experiment is a huge hit with kids and adults alike. Use a plastic glass full of warm water and liquid dish soap and place a piece of dry ice inside. Instead of simply creating a cloud of water vapor, like in the last experiment, this time the dry ice will make tons of bubbles that are full of water vapor. They will pop on their own and make a cool and entertaining show.
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