We have missed a lot of school this year due to ice, snow, or a combination of the two! I decided to embrace all of this winter weather by doing a few more snowy and icy activities mixed in our Valentine’s Day fun. The first science experiment we did was an Ice Experiment. We started by talking about ice and what happens to it when it starts to warm up. We also discussed all of the plow and snow trucks and why they sprinkle salt on our roads.
After our discussion I told the children that we were going to see what happens when we add lots of salt and water colors to large blocks of ice. Here is a picture of the hypothesis the children had when we added salt to our ice blocks:
Some of their thoughts were the salt:
was not going to stick
it was going to melt the ice
turn the ice into water
Some of the new words we discussed as a class were:
The M/W/F group also put their learning down on paper. In the picture above of our hypothesis there are all of the learning journals from the students. I drew the shapes of the ice for them, and they drew the colors and spots of the cracks in the ice. I recorded their thoughts in their journal too.
After that great discussion we got to work! I set up our station with three different ice blocks, cups of salt, water colors and pipettes.
Both groups thoroughly enjoyed this activity. I am always pleasantly surprised when you present children with engaging “invitations” the amount of time they will spend exploring, talking, and playing in them. The T/TH group below actually made their ice crack open quickly because they spent a lot of time pouring salt on their ice. They asked me for salt refills a number of times.
After they salted and painted their ice over and over again we carried the ice blocks outside in the snow. We looked through the ice and studied the grooves and cracks the salt created. Once the ice was dumped outside the last step was stomping on the ice to break it down into small bits.
One morning after snow I created a snow ice cream station for the kids. I pulled out the scoops and ice cream dishes I found at the dollar store, and scooped some snow onto a large tray. They spent a ton of time making snow ice cream for each other.
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I found this art idea on Pinterest for The Snowy Day under my Winter Wonder board. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a famous children’s book and a Caldecott Winner. If you click on the title it will direct to amazon.com to purchase the book. In the book Peter sets off to explore the new fallen snow. When he returns home he wants to save some of the snow, so he packs it into a snowball and puts it in his pocket for later. He is sad when he later looks inside his jacket to find the snowball is gone.
As you can see this was the perfect book to read to go along with our “snowy” theme!
After we read the book children got to use a variety of paint brushes and sponges to make snow on their art work. Then they glued an outline of Peter onto their paper. This was a great follow up activity to The Snowy Day.
I hope we are at the end of all of our snow and ice adventures! I am ready to move on to all things spring!