Valentine’s Day approaches and I thought that Jael would like to do something a little different on her preschool science activities. Today’s science activity is a simple one with a little Valentine flair. It is called You Melt My Heart! Let’s walk.
What You Need
- Red ice cubes
- Clear ice cubes
- 2 bowls
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Place 3 ice cubes in each bowl.
- Allow your preschooler to gently pour the cold water into the first bowl.
- Once the water is in the bowl, start the timer to see how long it takes.
- Repeat steps 1 to 3 with the hot water.
- Compare your times. Did the first bowl of ice melt faster? Did the second?
- Ask your preschooler what happens when ice gets too hot?
A few Valentine’s Day Books to Read After Your Experiment
Valentine’s Day Books for Kids
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Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is CoolDay It Rained HeartsLittle Critter: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter!Llama Llama I Love YouHappy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime (Junie B. Jones #14)Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really StinkThe Biggest Valentine EverLove from The Very Hungry CaterpillarLove MonsterThe Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Party
For bowl A ( cup of hot water used), our three heart shaped ice cubes melted in 44 seconds. J thought that was pretty quick and she was a little sad that it vanished that quickly.
Bowl B, on the other hand, took almost 15 minutes to melt. It was a good thing J had enough patience to stare at it and wait for it to melt, I was having none of that.
Courtesy of our simple experiments J learned that hot water melts ice much faster than cold water. She then further went on to say that when it is cold outside the snow will not melt. I love those light bulb moments.
Please be warned, that your preschooler will want to repeat this experiment several times over just to see the ice melt.
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