Build Mini Ice Sculptures!

Build Mini Ice Sculptures! Activity

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Get ready for a cool activity! In this arts and crafts project, your child will build an ice sculpture and you'll sneak in a science lesson. This activity is great for the wintertime, but with the help of a freezer, it can be accomplished any time of year!

What You Need:

  • Plastic containers of different shapes and sizes
  • Food coloring
  • Kosher salt and table salt in salt shakers
  • Turkey baster and container of water
  • Gloves/mittens

What You Do:

  1. Several days before undertaking this activity, freeze water in plastic containers or varied shapes and sizes. For some extra flair, add food coloring to some of the water.
  2. Have gloves and mittens available to protect little hands. Unmold the ice on a table. It's about to get messy and wet, so be sure your work surface is covered.
  3. Have your child build sculptures with the ice. If there's more than one child, challenge them to work together.
  4. Let your child experiment with the salt and water to see how it affects the ice. (Salt helps make ice melt, and can be used to make ice shapes stick together.)

After your child sees first-hand (literally) how such a simple thing as salt can have such a big effect on ice, she'll be looking at the world wondering how other objects interact. Without even knowing it, she just conducted a science experiment and art project all in one!

Adapted from "The Weekly Curriculum: 52 Complete Preschool Themes" by Barbara Backer (Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House Inc., 2003).

Updated on Jan 8, 2014
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