Ice Melting

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Gather Materials

Bowls or dishes (for making ice)
Large tray or plate with sides
Table salt
Kosher or rock salt
Dropper or spoon
Liquid food coloring
Cup of warm water

Step 1

First, fill a few different sized bowls with water and put them in the freezer to freeze (at least three different frozen ice pieces). Next, loosen the ice from the bowls with a little warm water and set them on a tray or plate with edges. Now, have your child use the dropper, to drop a few drops of food coloring into the warm water.

Step 2

Next, have your child use the dropper to drop the warm food coloring onto the ice, and observe what happens. Talk about what you are seeing happen. Do the same on a different piece of ice using the table salt. Sprinkle it on and see what happens. On another piece of ice use the rock salt and observe what happens using that salt.

Step 3

Finally, let your child continue to openly explore using the warm water, and different types of salts. Continue to talk about what they are seeing and what they think about it.

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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