This ice activity is simple and a perfect first preschool science experiment or activity.
Ice is great to use for science investigations as it’s inexpensive to make and can be used in lots of different ways. Children can freeze things in it, melt it as fast as they can, try to stop it from melting or use it to make a slushy or ice cream.
All I did was freeze a LEGO man and a dinosaur in ice. Once frozen, we touched the ice very carefully and talked about how it felt a little sticky.
It’s generally best to leave the ice out so it starts to melt, or little hands will stick to it, which can be painful.
We then discussed the best place to put the ice for it to melt, eventually deciding to leave it in the garden with the sun shining down.
Sure enough, after a few minutes, the ice was no longer sticky. We tried picking it up and found it was quite slippery and cold. Freezing was the word the children used.
This was such a simple activity, but it led to so many questions, lots of giggles and many requests to do it again.
Science for Kids
Why does water freeze?
Water can be a solid, liquid or gas. In liquid form, the water particles can move around freely, so the water takes the shape of the container it is in. When you cool the water down, the movement of the particles slows down, and the particles become tightly packed together, which means its shape cannot change easily.
Why is ice sticky?
Ice feels sticky because when you touch it, the ice immediately freezes the moisture in your skin, which makes the cube feel sticky.
Last Updated on January 19, 2024 by Emma Vanstone