Colorful Ice and Salt Experiment

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Today’s idea is all about ice and making it erode with water! This is a fine motor idea for toddlers and a lesson in erosion for preschoolers. I will also add in there that we experimented with salt while we were at it!

Why you ask? Because salt stops the ice from melting too quickly! Which equals TONS of fun time.

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This activity is going to be prepped the night before. Grab a few balloons, add some liquid food coloring then top off with water tie the ends and freeze overnight. I had mine stacked on top of each other because I want rounder shapes vs the flattening it would get sitting in a row in the freezer.

salt and ice balls

Once you remove the ice balls from their balloons (just cut it up or use a knife) Sprinkle the salt over the ice balls.

Caution: This is a supervised activity. Ice should never be held against salt covered skin for a continuous period because it can burn. So please make sure when doing this activity that the child’s arm does not rest on something like this.ice stacking game

Next we tried to build a tower of ice. We got as high as 3!huge ice balls

This ice ball even kept some bubbles while freezing!bubbles in the ice

Next you will need some water and a fine motor dropper.

salt spinkled ice

Start squirting in a certain area to see the erosion in action!water erroding

My preschooler loves these kinds of experiments and hands on learning ideas! My toddler is equally fascinated. fine motor skills tool

Ahh look! We managed to make a hole.hole in the ice ball

Now because of the salt the ice melted at an extremely slow rate which erosion does too! ice stacking

I also love this effect the salt makes! Is it not just gorgeous!ice experiement for kids

Our next stop with our rather long lasting ice was the kitchen sink for some rapid melting. I turned the tap on at the smallest steady stream of water and the kids observed what happened to the ice when a steady force was applied vs the slower dropper method. Preschooler learnt and my toddler went ooh, ahh. win win!how water erodes

The ice melts in no time at all.bye bye ice

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