Exploring the process of freezing and melting
Let’s be honest there isn’t much magic to this experience for our old adult eyes but children are so lucky they still get the excited twinkle in their eyes as they explore new concepts and question “whys and hows”.
For our magic ice experiment you are really exploring the concept of freezing and melting in a fun and simple way which opens up opportunities to question the process ( and freeze lots of random stuff hehe)….
This experiment can be done in many many ways but we always seem to source out our old ice cream containers but you can also use a range of sized plastic containers and explore which ones freeze faster etc adding in another dimension for their little brains to ponder.
- A plastic container or containers
- Water (of course)
- A freezer (of double course)
And your child or children’s choice of small objects (that mum or dad or caregiver is okay with being frozen) you can use natural materials found in the garden and see the effect being frozen has on them it also adds in another fun aspect of collecting treasures together or you can send them off solo which may give you time for a cuppa the choice is yours…
Some food colouring can also be a bit fun especially if you do a few containers you can add in the mixing of colours as they melt to see what new colours are created…. I know I know stop it with all the lessons inside the lessons you say but it just goes to show how easy it can be to extend simple activities into fun learning rich experiences….
Okay I shall attempt to stop talking and get to it….
Fill your containers with water, and add your food colouring give it a little mix then delicately arrange your items (or chuck them all in what ever floats your boat)
Carefully carry and pop in the freezer try to avoid the uh ohhhh they are never great in my experience, but accidents happen…. You can get your child to periodically check the freezer if they are older time how long it takes to freeze or use a paper and pen to record happenings if using an array of sized containers so they can document their findings….
Ideas on discussion Questions:
- What happened to the ice?
- What did your hand feel as the ice was melting?
- Why did the ice melt?
Most students (and many adults too) think that the hand feels cold because the “cold” from the ice is penetrating the skin. Actually, the hand feels cold because the heat from your hand is leaving your skin and moving into the ice. This is why the ice melts. See we might even learn some useful tidbits as we go.
Hope you enjoyed our simple but informative experience comment down below with how you used or adapted this experience below…
Much Love, Kimberley