Colorful Melting Ice
In the midst of a month long exploration of water, one extremely hot day I decided to test the theory of "the sun is so hot…" No I did not try to fry an egg, but I did put some colored ice cubes out on the sidewalk and WOW did they melt fast. For a little extra fun, I threw some food coloring into the water before we froze it. The result was a colorful, melting experiment.
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Fill your ice cube trays with water and then add a dash of color to each cube space.
Freeze the ice cubes. I prepared mine the night before to make sure they were completely frozen.
Have a clean up plan! Towels on hand is a good start.
Put the ice cubes in a plastic container to transport outside right before you head outside.
You may want to strip your little one down to their diaper if you don't want them to get clothing too messy. Our twins usually do activities like this in their washable Bumgenius diapers.
*Science for little ones is mostly about exploring and observing with your senses. Encourage your little ones to explore the ice cubes. My little guys were intrigued by the color and coldness of the cubes while they worked at picking them up.*Ask questions such as "What's happening?" or "What do you see?" or "How does that feel?"
*Describe what they are doing with descriptive words like; wet, cool, melting, liquid, green
*Older kids can appreciate a lesson in melting.
This was a fun way to cool off a little.
*Have towels or access to a sink ready before you start.
*When your child is done playing, dry them off to move them inside.
*The food coloring will temporarily dye their skin, but it will wash off with soap.
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