Exploring Melting

Todays experiment is very simple. We made some ice cubes and then put them in different places to watch them melting.

I used lego man shaped cubes just to make it a bit more interesting.

What you need:

• Ice cubes of the same size
• Containers for the ice cubes.

Instructions

• Place each ice cube in a container.
• Put the ice cubes in different places, we put ours outside, inside and in the fridge.
• Time how long it takes each to melt.

First we discussed what makes ice melt and predicted which would melt the fastest.

Can you design a table to record your results?

The Science Bit

Melting is when a substance changes from a solid to a liquid. Water freezes to ice when it is cooled to below 0 degrees celcius, when ice is warmed to above 0 degress celcius it turns back into water.

To expand this experiment you could try the ice cubes in more places, or observe and photograph at 10 minute intervals.

Recording the temperature in each place would also be useful.

Our Results

The first time we did this, the one outside melted faster than the on inside. We decided there could have been a few reasons for this, one being that the outside man might have been a little bit smaller than the inside one, or maybe the wind made it melt faster.

We tried again on a different day and found as expected the man inside melted faster than the one outside.

1. Kelly

What fantastic ice lego men! I wish we had something that would suit the link up this week, but will have to wait until next. Enjoy your weekend, Kelly.

1. ScienceSparks

Looking forward to seeing you next week. x

1. ScienceSparks

they are cool aren’t they? We got them from legoland. x

2. HELEN

those ice cubes are great!

1. ScienceSparks

They are meant to be ice lollies really! x

3. aliwright

I love your lego man ice cube. My eldest daughter gets so excited by experiments like this.

1. ScienceSparks

oh thank you. xx

4. Colleen @F5th @pinterestmama

Very fun ideas!
Always fun to play and learn with ice!
Saw your linky at the Sunday Showcase, so wanted to pop by to say hello.
Hope that you will come by my blog, Sunrise Learning Lab, and see what we are up to this week.
Colleen:)