How do you beat the heat (and learn a little at the same time)? Playing with ice, of course! Yesterday, we set up a couple of simple experiments with ice. The first was ongoing as we played with our other experiment. We put some ice cubes in a small glass bowl, set it aside and waited to see how long it took to melt. We had to keep checking back to see the ice shrinking. It was completely fascinating (at least for the under 5 set)!
Next, I set up a cookie sheet with a bowl of ice and two glasses of water. The goal was to count how many ice cubes it took to make the water flow over the top of the cup. I was inspired by a game in the book, Math Play.
We added ice, took away ice, played with ice and did whatever struck our fancy at the moment. We practiced our observation skills. What color is the ice? Is it hot or cold? Fuzzy or slippery? And yes, we finally did get to the point where our water flowed over the top.
Above all we had fun, and learned a little about ice in the process.