Cold Weather Experiments Help Keep Kids Busy

3 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago January 07, 2014 Jan 7, 2014 Tuesday, January 07 2014 Tuesday, January 07, 2014 7:00:00 AM CST in News
By: Lucas Geisler, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Many school districts in mid-Missouri cancelled classes Tuesday, some for the second consecutive day this week. While the cold weather may limit kids to indoor activities, there are still ways to enjoy the day off by utilizing the subzero temperatures.

A popular test of the frigid temperatures is tossing boiling water outside. The water quickly evaporates upon leaving the pot or pan its in, often times without a drop hitting the ground. If you decide to do this simple trick, make sure you use a pot with a handle, or use oven mitts to grip the container with boiling water. Make sure the water is at a rolling boil, as well, so that all the water evaporates when thrown.

Instead of throwing out old towels or bananas, use them as toys or tools. A thoroughly soaked towel will freeze in about five minutes, making it stiff as a board. You can shape the towel however you like before setting it outside, including the shape of a sled. A banana will solidly freeze after a few hours outdoors, which you can use as a hammer.

Frozen bubbles are another inexpensive and easy way to enjoy the cold weather. After blowing a few bubbles, balance one on the stick. You can watch the soap freeze in a matter of seconds. While it's difficult to grab the frozen bubble off the stick, the soapy substance makes a fine powder that you can blow into the air.

If you want a project to last most of the day, the Alaska Dispatch details how to make "ice lanterns", using water balloons and candles to create homemade decorations.

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