Ice Cubes + Water
For the past few weeks we have been talking about boats and water on Bambini Travel. Check out some of our other post here and here if you would like. We spent some time watching boats at the marina and when I introduced the word "float" I immediately got a million questions. I attempted to explain floating to our two year olds as best as my limited science retention would allow, but when we got home I decided to offer them a hands on or tactile way to explore it. It was a particularly hot day and they are a fan of ice, so I thought that might be a good place to start.
This toddler friendly experiment of sorts, has ice mimicking the bopping motion of boats at the marina. (If you are feeling creative, you might want to add part of a straw or toothpick frozen into the ice to mimic a sail) Allow your child to play in the water for a while then add ice cubes into the tub or bucket. Your child will work on picking them up with their hands while they float in the water and start to melt. Use language to describe the ice - cold, hard, slippery, melting, smaller and work on words you used while watching boats - floating, bobbing, boat, ship. Our twins loved the sensory experience of the cold ice cubes and the fine motor challenge of attempting to grasp the slippery cubes.
*Watch your child carefully to be sure ice cubes do not end up in their mouth.
Water in tub or bucket
*Play with pretend boats in the water.
*Add spoons or measuring cups to practice scooping the ice or water.
*Explore sinking and floating with different objects.
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