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Current Conditions: Crazy, crafty, cold

We’re getting crafty with the cold weather here at The Hutchinson News.

This is the "before" of our winter science experiment. Our supplies are loaded up and we're excited to post the results later this week.

This is the “before” of our winter science experiment. Our supplies are loaded up and we’re excited to post the results later this week.

Yes, it’s tempting to wallow in the misery of frigid temperatures (and I’m sure we’ll do our share of griping), but we’re also going to try to have some fun with it.

Below are three science experiments we’ll be trying out that should work pretty well with the upcoming freezing conditions. We want to invite you to try them with us and upload your results here.

We’ll publish the results in the paper, as well as post them online at the end of the week.

Frozen bubbles

Materials: Measuring cup, soap powder, sugar, hot water, bowl, spoon or whisk, bubble wand


On a below-freezing day that has little wind, make a strong bubble solution by mixing 1/2 cup soap powder, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 cups hot water.

Take the bubble solution and a bubble wand outside. Blow a bubble, but catch it on the wand and let it rest in the cold air. The bubble will soon freeze into a crystal ball.

Taken from TLC Winter Experiments

Ice candles

Materials: Small plastic tub or bucket, tin can or small plastic cup


Fill a bucket with cold tap water and place the tin can or cup in the middle. The cup needs to be weighed down enough to almost sink it.

Place the bucket outside until the water is frozen solid. Then remove the block of ice from the pail. If needed, you can loosen the ice by running warm water over the surface for a few seconds. Next, remove the can or cup from the middle, which can be loosened by filling it with warm water.

Finally, place a small candle where the cup used to be and place outside.

Taken from

Ice sculptures

Materials: food coloring, ice-cube trays, food/storage containers, water bottle


Fill up ice trays with colored water. The more ice trays, the more bricks you’ll have to work with. For dark-colored bricks, use one drop of food coloring per cube. To make the bricks more opaque, mix a jug of water with several drops of food coloring and pour it into one or two trays.

Freeze the trays, either outside or in your freezer, and place bricks into a container. Repeat as desired for more bricks.

When the temperature is below 32 degrees, go outside and stack the bricks in whatever structure you wish. Pour a bottle of water over the structure, so it melts the bricks together. The water will freeze quickly upon contact and work as a binder.

The colder it is, the more quickly the water will freeze and the more solid the structure will be.

Taken from

-Kayla Regan, Current Conditions


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