Can you combine hockey with science? Of course you can!
We don't have any hockey players in our family, but we definitely have hockey fans. Hockey is a hugely popular sport here in Minnesota for both girls and boys. We thought we'd have a little fun with it and created this fun winter science project: Hockey Science.
Our question: What will slide on ice?
I created a two-sided chart. The first side for our predictions and the second side for our results. I prepped a box of different items we already had: glass marbles, muffin-tin crayons, milk jug caps, a rough piece of bark, a rough rock, puff balls, and small squares of felt. I also set a large sheet pan outside and filled it with water. Our sub-zero temperatures guaranteed that the water would freeze faster outside than in our own freezer. Brrrrrr!
Make a prediction.
I showed my oldest (age 5 1/2) the items and asked her if she thought they would slide easily on the ice. I had her make her predictions by making an "x" in the appropriate box.
The experiment's always the fun part, isn't it? It was time to see how well everything slid. We brought in our frozen sheet pan and started sliding. My oldest marked our results the same way as she did our predictions. We discovered that felt and pom poms didn't slide like we thought they would. And those glass marbles, wow! They slid the best!
The item that were smooth and light slid better than the items that were rough or soft.
Is there anything better than asking a question and finding out the answer? That's why we love science so much in our house.
The steps are simple: Ask a question, make a prediction, perform an experiment, come to a conclusion. It's a simple form of the scientific method and it's a lifetime skill that your child needs to know. Start asking, start experimenting and watch your child's natural curiosity bloom!