There is so much to discover in science!
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” – Carl Sagan
Explain how the temperature can affect water and change it’s shape or even how it feels
Children can experiment with water in different sized containers and pipes
During cold days, the water that remains in the different containers will freeze and children can observe the shapes of the ice and discuss the melting process
Food colouring can be added before the freezing process. Discuss what happens to the water when food colouring is added. Allow children to experiment and play with the water and ice. What differences do they see?
Depending on the age and stage of the child, watch short videos on how igloos are built and how strong ice can be. This can feed into how many Eskimos used to love in igloos and how different people around the world live.
Children or the educator can write down the time it takes for the ice to melt in various containers and different places. Let children measure how much water weighs when melted versus when it is frozen. For older children, the educator can use this as an opportunity to discuss the ice ages and climate change.
Looking and responding
Start by asking the children to describe what they see. Draw attention to details. What do the children notice about the ice? What does it feel like? Is it hot or cold? How did it turn from water to ice?
- How an Igloo keeps you warm, by It’s Okay to Be Smart
- National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA, 2009) Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. Dublin: NCCA.
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