Do your kids love ice cubes? Mine do! The other day my toddler and I created a fun ice cube learning activity that I wanted to share. This activity can be catered to a range of different ages. My seven year old loved teaching her sister about liquids and solids and how water freezes.
First we did a nature hunt in our backyard and found lots of small items to put in our ice cubes.
Then we placed them in this flexible freezer tray (which was great for freezing baby food when my girls were babies) and poured water in the tray. We talked about how water is a liquid and what would happen if we put the tray in the freezer. Then we put the tray in the freezer and came back to get the tray out in a few hours.
When my daughter took the tray out she said, “it’s cold now!” and this was a great opportunity to talk about what happens when liquid freezes and becomes a solid in the form of ice. We brought the tray outside to explore!
I asked, “what do you think happened to the items when the ice froze?” We took the ice cubes out and looked at each cube to see if the items inside looked the same or different.
The ice began to melt and we talked about how it turns back into a liquid when it melts.
Then we organized the cubes into different categories and compared their features. Here are our groups by color, type of item, and size.
Next, my daughter played with them and decided to see if the ice cube would crack and it did!
We left them out to melt and checked back on them later. We talked about how they had gotten smaller. When we checked back later that day, they had completely melted and we explored the nature items to see if they had changed after being frozen.
This was a super fun and easy activity and it provided so many natural opportunities for learning. My favorite kind of activity!
Here are some fun books that expand on the concepts in this activity:
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