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Frozen Lava Lamp Fun

Frozen Lava Lamp Fun | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Experience the captivating wonder of a frozen lava lamp experiment, where colorful ice cubes melt to form swirling water globules. Explore the fascinating interaction between oil and water in this unique project.


The hypothesis is that when the colorful ice cubes melt in oil, they will create colorful water globules.

Method & Materials

You will freeze colorful ice cubes, fill a container with oil, and drop the ice cubes inside. As the ice cubes melt, observe the formation of colored water globules that move in a captivating manner.
You will need an ice cube tray, vegetable oil, food coloring, and a clear container.


In this experiment, the ice cubes melt to form water globules that float in the oil, creating a mesmerizing display. An interesting observation is the water globules sink to the bottom of the oil, showcasing the difference in density between water and oil.

Why do this project?

This science project is fascinating because it combines art and science, allowing you to create a visually stunning display. The interaction between oil and water, as well as the melting process of the ice cubes from solid to liquid, adds an extra dimension to this project.

Also Consider

Use different color combinations for the ice cubes to observe how they mix and create new colors. Try using different types of oil and compare the effects on the movement of the water globules.

Full project details

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Related videos

Hey there! Here are some awesome videos about this science project that we think you'll really like. They're not only super fun, but they'll also help you learn more about the science behind the project. So sit back, relax, and get ready to have some fun!!
Tucker explains the science behind the frozen lava lamp, and see what happens when he puts in an Alka-Seltzer tablet!
It’s mesmerizing to see the colored water blobs melt and sink to the bottom of the frozen lava lamp! This project also adds baby oil to vegetable oil. Do you think the baby oil layer will float or sink?
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