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St Vincent De Paul Infant School, Marino, Dublin 9

Melting Ice Science Experiment

Melting Ice Science Experiment: (From The Chaos and the Clutter website)


Equipment needed:

  • Ice-cube tray
  • water
  • 6 compartment muffin tin or similar, bowls are perfect too (for comparing the melting ice)
  • salt
  • sugar
  • Optional-video- adult supervision advised



  1. Before beginning the experiment, ask your child what the results might be. Ask them what variable will melt the ice fastest. If you want, you can have them write down their hypothesis (prediction).
  2. Fill ice cube tray with water to make 6 ice cubes and place in the freezer overnight.
  3. Pop out the ice cubes and place one ice cube in each of the compartments in the muffin tin or separate bowls.
  4. Pour
    • hot water on one
    • cold water on another
    • steam on another
    • salt on another
    • and sugar on another
    • Leave one alone so that it can act as the control.
  5. Record your results- which one melted the fastest? Which one was the slowest?


*Adult supervision is important, particularly with the steam and hot water.

Take some photos or make notes- you can show your teacher on Seesaw.

Here is a picture before we added anything to the ice:


This is immediately after adding the variables to the ice:

ice experiment 1

Here is the ice after just five minutes:

ice experiment 2

This is after half an hour:

ice experiment 3

Here is what our ice looked like after one hour:

ice experiment 4

As you can see, the control did melt slower than any of the others. Hot water melted the ice the fastest.

Did your experiment turn out similar?

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