120 ice cubes ready to go! I did this activity with a large group of 3-6 year olds. With the hot weather now here, I was looking for an activity we could do outside and enjoy the sunshine. This summer science for kids was a hit! Children were actively engaged in the activity for close to an hour and it was a great opportunity to get outside.
In each ice cube, I added food colouring, sparkles and a shell. They turned out beautifully.
I had children in small groups of 4-5 and had them each choose one material to use for their surface. I used black paper, white paper, paper towel and tinfoil. Each group then had one piece of each surface and an ice cube to put on each. Everyone then thought of a guess for what they thought was going to happen and shared it with their group members.
Children then set their ice cube onto their sheet. Within their groups they watched, with magnifying glasses, as the ice slowly melted reveling their treasure. Everyone was excited to find that the ice cubes melted at different rates and even more excited when the ice cubes slowly revealed their shell.
I was really impressed by how long children remained engaged in this activity. For us, the ice cube on the paper towel melted the fastest. We talked about possible reasons why. Some kids wanted to try to keep their ice from melting. They created little packages to completely cover the ice cube. It was a great extension of learning.
I like the idea of inspiring kids to want to do experiments using items that they see on a daily basis. I will definitely try this science for kids again, maybe with a different special treasure inside!