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Salt Painting Ice Sculptures

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

Activity Designer

Akane Everitt
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We were inspired by the Artful Parent to try out this fun science experiment: watching how salt melts ice. Not only is this a great learning project, but it's amazingly beautiful to watch!

How We Did It

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures

Fill an empty milk carton with water and then freeze the water. 

Place the ice block on a baking pan. 

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures

Have the children sprinkle salt on top of the block. We did this activity twice...first, with table salt, and then again with kosher salt. (In the end, we decided that kosher salt worked the best).

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures
Have the kids add drops of food coloring onto the salt.
Salt Painting Ice Sculptures
You can see the colors starting to seep inside the block of ice.
Salt Painting Ice Sculptures

On the right side of this block of ice, my daughter poured a cup full of table salt. It didn't really melt the ice as nice as the kosher salt.

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures

The kids oohed and aahed as the the salt melted crevasses into the ice.

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures

We live in a place where it doesn't snow. However if you do live where it snows, this is a great activity to teach the kids why salt is spread on snowy/icy roads. (Salt basically lowers the freezing/melting point of water.)

Salt Painting Ice Sculptures

My daughter had fun touching the cold ice. She is really focused, but later she was laughing up a storm because I caught her sticking her fingers into her mouth so she could taste the salt!

Keywords

winter

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What are some concepts and skills to be developed?

posted by: Deliesha on 3.12.2014

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My child and I completed Salt Painting Ice Sculptures.

posted by: Nicole on 2.5.2014

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My child and I completed Salt Painting Ice Sculptures.

posted by: Melissa on 11.25.2013

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This was a great project for my kids. It definitely kept them occupied for quite awhile. They loved adding salt and colors, they'd wash the ice off with water, and start all over again.

posted by: Stephanie on 11.15.2013

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My child and I completed Salt Painting Ice Sculptures.

posted by: Tyreese on 8.21.2013

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My child and I completed Salt Painting Ice Sculptures.

posted by: Paola on 7.27.2013

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This will be a fun project this summer!

posted by: Elinor on 6.15.2013

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Its the size of the salt crystal and other impurities that will determine how well it will preform for this experiment. try using a smaller amount of road/sidewalk salt (use petsafe if you expect some tasteing) that would look interesting too.

posted by: Amanda on 3.2.2013

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I did this with my 4yo. Excellent project!

posted by: Gina on 2.26.2013

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posted by: Jeferson E Andressa on 1.6.2013

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posted by: Jeferson E Andressa on 1.6.2013

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posted by: Johannah on 12.11.2012

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I completed Ice Sculptures. Awesome project

posted by: Laura on 10.16.2012

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