I had planned on showing the girls different ways to melt ice. Because I didn’t set it up ahead of time, we just worked with salt. Melting ice cubes with salt definitely entertained them a lot longer than I expected, but I find most things entertain Austin especially, longer than I plan. Her attention span is definitely growing by leaps and bounds.
I put a container of ice cubes in front of each the girls. Austin quickly grabbed a piece in her hands.
Austin: “It’s cold.”
Me: “What is it?”
Me: “Is ice suppose to be cold?”
Yeah, that’s how I introduced this activity. I didn’t think the set-up through beyond “Don’t put something on TV I have something for them to do!” Yelled from the kitchen. Opps, the girls came running and I didn’t get to set it up without them. But instead they explored the ice cubes before the other elements were added, success in my book.
Brookland started by adding some blue water, then some salt.
I love this picture, loving my new camera.
Austin loved piling the salt on each of the ice cubes, then looking for little holes in the ice cube.
How some of the ice cubes looked after getting salted.
Back home in NS this is how we cleared our walkways/steps and sometimes the roads. Since it is too cold here they don’t use salt.
Hubby: “So what was the point of this mess?”
Me: “To explore salt melting ice; for them to learn and explore, and me to clean the floor.”