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DRY ICE EXPERIMENTS – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE FUN

It’s creepy and it’s kooky but it’s also deliciously fun. Dry ice experiments had us laughing, blocking our ears and entertained over the weekend. If you’re looking for a fun stay-at-home activity for Halloween or for a rainy day, we think dry ice experiments are the way to go. The best bit, you can organise it so the activities are wheelchair accessible too.

Dry Ice Experiments - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

DRY ICE EXPERIMENTS – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE FUN

Dry ice evaporates fairly quickly so it’s good to do some planning prior to buying it. Braeden has been spending quite a bit of time watching YouTube over the holidays and his favourites, The Funk Bros, have done several experiments with dry ice. We weren’t trying to achieve anything on the scale of the Funk Bros but planned out a few smaller versions, manageable without a YouTuber’s budget and without filling paddle pools with dry ice in the lounge room as they did.

Dry ice experiments - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We bought 2.6kgs of dry ice, lined up several different glass containers, a plastic cauldron (leftover from a birthday party prop), balloons, a latex glove, glow sticks, flowers and strawberries for our various experiments. We also had dishwashing liquid, bubble mix and hot water on standby.

Dry Ice Experiments - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The dry ice comes in small pellets. It’s important to follow the safety instructions and use gloves when working with the dry ice. For this reason, Amelia was in charge of adding the dry ice.

Braeden’s favourite dry ice experiment

Braeden’s favourite dry ice experiment involved the cauldron. We filled a third of the cauldron with warm water, added several handfuls of dry ice until it was bubbling and smoking.

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Hubby then put some dishwashing detergent on his finger and wiped it around the rim of the cauldron. In a separate bowl he had warm water with dishwashing liquid and a strip of material soaking in it. He took the strip of material and ran it over the top of the cauldron until a film of the dishwashing liquid covered the top.

Dry Ice Experiment - wheelchair accessible - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The dry ice bubbling underneath inflates the bubble.

Dry ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

You can either wait for it to naturally pop or pop it yourself. Braeden votes for popping the bubble and watching the dry ice fog.

Dry ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Bubble mix with dry ice

Hubby, Amelia and I enjoyed the colourful effect of taking one of my enormous vases, adding hot water, dry ice, food colouring and bubble mix.

Dry ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We ended up with a volcano effect of bubbling liquid overflowing the vase.

Dry Ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The kids enjoyed touching the bubbles which vaporised on touch but there was a side effect, both kids ended up with Smurf hands.

Dry ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Face wash removed the food colouring. If you’re adverse to mess, I suggest you avoid food colouring but I promise the colouring makes it way more fun.

Dry ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Inflate a balloon or latex glove

Pop some dry ice inside a balloon or latex glove, tie it at the end and then watch it inflate.

Dry Ice Experiment - wheelchair accessible - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We tried a few other experiments we’d seen on YouTube but didn’t find them as successful or spectacular as the ones above. One was somewhat unsafe and I won’t recommend it but it sure did make a big bang! Amelia froze some flowers and strawberries too.

Dry ice drinks 

For the kids, pop some dry ice into a glass of apple juice for some carbonated fun. Just don’t let them drink it until the vapours disappear.

Dry ice wine drink - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

And for all the parents assisting with the experiments, make sure you finish off with a chilled beverage. I had a lovely cool  white wine at the end of the fun.

Dry ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

We bought our dry ice from Mr Ice Man in Penrith on the way back from an outing to the Blue Mountains. BOC Gas also stocks dry ice. We were quoted about $25 for 2kgs but it ended up a bit cheaper. I’m not sure if that’s because we bought over 4kgs in the end to share with friends. I believe in the US dry ice is available at the grocery store.

You’ll find some ideas for experiments on Mr Ice Man’s website and there’s plenty of ideas on YouTube. Please make sure you wear gloves and observe all the precautions of playing with dry ice.

If you’ve got a Tik Tok account, take a look at the video Amelia has put together on the Have Wheelchair Will Travel account. 

Dry ice experiment - wheelchair accessible fun - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

If you are wondering how to increase the Halloween fun, why not make a wheelchair costume? Here’s how we made one for Braeden one year. 




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