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Sing and Play!
THINGS TO DO!
- Bowls or dishes (for making the ice)
- A large tray with sides
- Liquid watercolors or food coloring
- Droppers or a spoon
- Make the ice The day before you try the experiment, you must make your ice! Fill many different sized bowels with water and put them in a freezer overnight.
Set up your melting station The point is to get the ice to melt, but you don’t want a salty, painty mess all over your table! You can also set your tray over an old towel for extra protection.
The next morning, loosen the ice from the bowls with a little warm water and set them in a big plastic tray or a baking tray with sides.
Add salt Set out a few bowls of table salt (inexpensive Morton’s salt works great) and sprinkle it over the tops of the ice domes. Two notes: Rock salt, or another coarse salt, would be good to try as well. Also, purposely set out a modest amount of salt to sprinkle. Otherwise, things can get very messy!
Add color! Once the salt begins melting the ice, you can get out the liquid watercolors. Squeeze a little bit of a few different colors (yellow, pink, purple, turquoise) into jars and added a dropper to each jar. Note: You can also use food coloring for this project. The color selection may be more limited, but it works just as well. Then squeeze the color all over the melting ice!
The color is beautiful on its own, but the real reason for adding the liquid watercolors is to highlight the ravines, crevasses, and tunnels that are forming in the ice as the salt melts it.
You can take the opportunity to talk about how the salt melts the ice, and about how it makes ice melt differently, and that it will melt ice at much cooler temperatures. So, wherever the salt touched the ice it would melt faster than the rest of the ice.
Baking Soda Fake Snow
- Baking Soda
- Mixing Bowl
- Large Baking Sheet (Optional for playing with snow)
- Put your box of baking soda in the freezer for a couple of hours, or the night before if you want it to feel cold like real snow.
- Pour 3 or 4 cups of baking soda into a mixing bowl depending on how much you want to play with.
- Slowly mix in a small amount of very cold water until the snow reaches your desired texture. More water=slushy, good packing snow, and less water=powdery snow.
- Optional: You can also a little salt to the mixture to give the snow a little more grainy, realistic feel.
NOTE: Try using white conditioner instead of water for a different variation!
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