Today’s activity is all about water and ice. I wanted Troy to learn that water turns to ice when frozen. I also wanted him to problem solve and figure out how to melt ice. To start, I filled up 6 glass bowls of water, added some food coloring, and placed a small spikey ball (from Walmart) in the water. Then I froze the bowls overnight in the freezer.
When we got the bowls out of the freezer, Troy and Wes examined the ice and we talked about how ice felt: cold, slippery, smooth, etc. Then I told them there was a ball in the middle of each ice block and their job was to find a way to get the ball out. Troy immediately thought we needed a hammer to chip away at the ice.
I loved this activity because it incorporated science with sensory play. Troy learned that water can freeze to ice and that warm water will melt ice away. Seems like a simple concept and I actually thought he already knew this, but I found out today that he needed to learn this. Plus, my kiddos really enjoyed this since they absolutely love bath time and water! An added bonus were the pretty colors in the water. What’s not to love about this activity?! Try it out and let your children explore ice!