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Frozen Ice and Sand Comets

Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
We love to learn about space! When learning about what comets are really made of, we decided to make our own. This fun experiment with sand and ice turned out to be a great sensory project.

How We Did It

Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
After learning that comets are truly large balls of ice and gritty dirt-like sand, we got out our winter gloves and set to work making our own.
Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
We used a small bin of sand with a scoop.
Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
Next, we prepared a large bowl of crushed ice.
Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
The kids placed a pile of ice, topped by sand on a tray.
Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
They experimented with adding water to get the mixture to stick together a bit. They moved the mixture around with their gloved hands as well to get it good and mixed up.
Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
Next, they scooped the mixture into a small bowl.
Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
They added more water to make a nice soup. Then we put the bowls in the freezer for a couple of hours.
Frozen Ice and Sand Comets
When the mixture had frozen solid, we dipped the bottom of the bowl into warm water to loosen our comet, then flipped it over onto our tray. Here is our finished comet. We took them outside and threw them off our second story deck to demonstrate what happens when a comet crashes onto a planet. Smashing them onto the patio below was a fun sensory experience, too.

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space science flight

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