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November 12, 2010

what can we do with ice?

ice treasures
Ice is perfect to play with in summer, so here are some suggestions for icy play …
  • put ice, water and tongs in a water tray
  • add food colouring to water and freeze (make lots of different sizes).  Add the coloured ice blocks to a water tray, bath or pool.
  • put some ice on the ground and watch it melt.  Compare ice placed in the sun or shade. 
  • make coloured ice cubes and let your child choose colours to add to a ziploc bag.  Watch the colours mixing as the ice melts.
  • make ice treasures by freezing small items in water.  Use brushes, toy hammers, eyedroppers, spray bottles and so on to get the treasures out of the ice.
  • impress your kids and pick up an ice cube without touching it
  • make a model igloo (you might also want to read this fascinating investigation of igloos, which inspired this post)
  • try some ice experiments to explore the special properties of the water molecule, see ice crystals and find out why icebergs float
  • watch the interaction of oil and ice
  • make an ice bowl
or you could eat it!

2 comments:

Mel said...

Great ideas! We've been using ice to talk about three of the four forms of matter (I don't know how to make water into a plasma). We take out the ice (solid), watch it melt in a pan (liquid) and then turn on the heat and turn it into a gas.

Tat said...

We LOVE homemade iceblocks. I've been using orange juice and pieces of fruit.