One of the bases for Chemistry is learning about solids, liquids, and gases and the processes that cause the change. This simple toddler and preschool science experiment is great to teach them about melting (older kids will love it to especially the reward at the end and it’s a great way for them to refresh their knowledge and it’s really easy to adapt for them as well!) So here we go our making ice-cream soup melting and freezing experiment for kids.

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Exploring Melting with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Looking at the processes of melting and freezing are great science experiments to do with kids especially in the summer months when we need something to keep us cool and melting can be explored without the need to add heat.

This simple science experiment takes one of our favourite summer treats and explores what happens to it as it changes state.

You may want to also try the reverse of this experiment and explore freezing with our ice cream in a bag experiment.

Materials Needed for this Edible Chemistry Experiment

  • 4 small dessert bowls
  • Ice cream flavour of your choice
  • A thermometre if you have one
  • Stop watch or timer on a smart phone

Setting Up your Melting Experiment with Kids

  1. Place some of your favourite flavour of ice cream into each of the bowls.
  2. Place 2 bowls in the shade and 2 bowls in the full sun.
  3. Measure the temperature at each point.
two bowls of frozen ice cream in the shade to explore melting with tots
two bowls with ice cream in placed in the sun to explore melting with kids

Carrying out the Experiment

Now start the timer and get your kids to keep a close eye on which bowls will melt first.

preschooler keeping a close eye on a bowl of ice cream melting in the shade as part of a simple summer science experiment.

The bowls that are in the sun will melt quicker as the temperature will be higher.

Then of course unlike a lot of science experiments you can get to enjoy it afterwards with a bowl of ice cream soup.

toddler sitting on a table eating an edible science experiment exploring melting with ice-cream

Books about Melting and Freezing for Kids

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Here on Rainy Day Mum, we love to connect our simple science for toddlers and preschoolers with books and found these ones in our library which we loved so wanted to share them with you.

Wemberley’s Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henkes

Curious Pearl Explains States of Matter: 4D An Augmented Reality Science Experience 

More States of Matter Experiments for Kids

Why not combine art and science with an ice paint experiment ideal for little ones to explore melting as well as colour mixing.

Exploring what makes things melt quicker and slower with this melting and freezing science experiment.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

5 Comments

  1. I’ve read about Wemberly in Wemberly Worried but I’ve never read this Henkes book. We’ll have to check it out. We LOVE icecream at our house.

  2. This was my daughter’s favorite book when she was little and she always wanted to make Ice cream Soup with her ice cream ­čÖé We followed Wimberly to school with our book with Wemberly Worried. Thank you so much for joining the Kevin Henkes Virtual Book Club!

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