Dry Ice from a Gift Box Evolves into a Science Experiment


Another photo essay today. An iPhone essay.

My friend J sent a huge styrofoam chest filled with fancy steaks, filets, chicken breasts, some gourmet franks and burgers, too. It arrived today.

Going to be a birthday grill out but Mark’s mind started thinking………  memories of science class?

Mark carried the package to the basement. We  put the food in the upright freezer and then he proceeded to entertain and teach the four kids about the properties of dry ice and how it could be used for special effects on stage or movies.  He was careful and warned them about how you couldn’t touch it and why it was doing what it did as he poured water of different temperatures onto it.     It was quite a show and much appreciated by all.

Well, Maura(4) hung back. Said she didn’t like it.

Solid Carbon Dioxide- dry ice

Thanks Joanne for the lovely present. Who knew the packing material to preserve the food inside would become a blog today!


Mark shows the kids dry ice with water



dry ice








from the balustrade





kids wait






dry ice









Show’s over.






Dry Ice Cautions

All the precautions on the bag.  I am sure most people just dispose of it. But maybe not.






13 thoughts on “Dry Ice from a Gift Box Evolves into a Science Experiment

  1. What a great science lesson. I’m still intrigued by dry ice. I loved the looks on the kids faces.

  2. You don’t see dry ice very often. Smart of Mark to make the best of the situation. Love the photo of all 4 kids staring up at the “balcony”. The interested ones had mouths agape. Maura seemingly wasn’t at all impressed. 🙂

  3. Awwww…look at the concentration on those little faces! Priceless Ruth! What a great dad they have. 😀
    Thanks for sharing hon! Loved it. 😀 *hugs*

  4. Dry ice is always a fun science experiment that never fails to entertain. I remember when our dad did a similar demo for my sister and I – we were about the age of Anna and Jack. I suspect Mark just created similar memories for his kids. Great pics. (And a great friend for sending you such yummy food!)

  5. Wow. Lucky children, it’s the best way to teach them – something to remember. Also, I wonder, how much of that dry ice would be necessary to preserve that butter-cow from your previous post?

  6. I agree that is the best way to teach them. I explained to my daughter how earth and moon move around sun when she was five, she still remembers it.

  7. Ruth – just saw this as I am behind in emails – up in Canada helping mother out as she very very slowly recovers from surgery. Glad you liked the gift, and love the dry ice experiment.

    Later! JB

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