Ice Fishing Winter Science Experiment: Fishing for Ice!

Kids will love this fishing for ice cubes science project that can be done no matter the temperature outside. Winter science doesn’t have to involve freezing cold temperatures or mountains of fluffy snow outside. Our easy ice fishing winter science activity is perfect for home and classroom. Simple science activities, experiments, and STEM projects are easy to set up all year long and seasonal science ideas are always a hit with kiddos.

ICE FISHING WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!

 

The best part of this icy winter science experiment is that you don’t need ice fishing gear or a frozen lake to enjoy it! That means everyone can try it. Plus you have everything you need in the kitchen to get started.

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This icy science experiment doesn’t have to be prepped ahead of time (unless you don’t have any ice cubes on hand). You could even make fun ice cubes with novelty ice cube trays.

This is a classic science with a seasonal twist. Simple science is our favorite and seasonal theme science is another favorite, whether you love making slime or exploring cool reactions, we have it all.

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EASY WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

If you are looking for more awesome science all year round, scroll down to the bottom to check out all our resources. Learn how easy it is to set up science at home with your kids or find fun new ideas to bring into the classroom.

Some more quick and fun winter science ideas we have enjoyed this week include how to make frost on a can, how to make a snowball launcher for indoor snowball fights and kids physics, and exploring how polar bears stay warm with blubber science!

SUPPLIES FOR ICE CUBE FISHING

Ice Cubes

Glass of Water

Salt

Food Coloring (optional)

String or Twine

HOW TO SET UP WINTER ICE FISHING SCIENCE

Let’s get started with ice fishing winter science in the comfort of your warm home! *Before you actually get into the full experiment, have your kids attempt to use the string to fish for ice. What happens?

STEPS

  • Add half a dozen or so ice cubes to a cup and fill with water.*
  • Lay the string over an ice cube.
  • Sprinkle salt over the string and ice. Wait 30-60 seconds.
  • Gently pull the string. The ice should come along with it!

TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR ICE FISHING

There’s a couple things to keep in the back of your mind when you are doing this ice fishing winter science activity.

First, the length of time the string sits on the ice can make a difference. Experiment with different time increments.

Second, the amount of salt used can affect the melting of the ice. Too much salt, and the ice will melt to fast. Or too little time on the ice, the string won’t have time to freeze to the cube!

ICE FISHING WINTER EXPERIMENT

Turn your ice fishing activity into an experiment. Encourage your kids to come up with questions and to dig a little deeper in this science project.

  • How many seconds is the right amount fo time for the string to pick up the ice?
  • What type of string is best for ice fishing?

THE SCIENCE OF ICE FISHING

Why does everyone use salt to melt ice?

Adding salt to ice will lower the ice’s melting point. Salt causes a physical change by altering the properties and temperature of the ice cube. However, if the surrounding temperature is still freezing, the ice will re-freeze (reversible change) and freeze the string along with it. Now you have ice fishing!


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