We have had a lot of stops and starts in the past two weeks! After a long winter holiday break the children were just settling back into a school routine….then it snowed! We had a long weekend with school closings and delays. I thought it would be fun to talk about ice and how it melts. First we had a big discussion of ice and snow and where it comes from. Then we talked about why were haven’t been able to come to school these past few days. Lastly the children hypothesized what they could do to melt the huge ice blocks in the art studio. They got right to work exploring the materials and seeing how they could free the animals from the ice!
I set up a large table with two blocks of ice, salt, and a variety of watercolors. They could use small or large water droppers to put the watercolors on the ice.
While the children were working on the ice they discussed a number of different learning topics:
- how to squeeze the dropper was a BIG topic of discussion! The dropper takes a lot of coordination, fine motor ability, and hand/eye coordination. Many children struggled with the droppers, but they were so interested in the ice that they kept with it until they mastered the skill!
- why was there water on the tray
- why was the ice changing color
- how come they could get the animals out of the ice that used to be stuck
- what was the salt doing to the ice
- how come the ice started to get holes inside of it
- and many, many other thoughtful questions and ideas were posed while they were working
You can hear the children discussing some of these ideas in the videos:
For this science experiment, the children then came back to the carpet and drew pictures in their learning journals of the changes to the ice! I will share some of their drawings next post.
By Friday morning we had melted and refroze our ice all week long, but it still wasn’t completely melted. So we took the ice outside to see what the warmer temps and some hammers would do to the ice!
Here is the video of the kids with the ice outside: