Hidden Ice Treasure

We live in Florida so our kids don’t get to play in the snow and I am fine with that.  I’m not a big fan of the cold weather.  This week it has been freezing, literally.  Ashlyn wanted to put some water outside and see if it would freeze overnight.  I decided to surprise her and hide some of her small toys in the ice.  The next morning I had “tools” (spoon, fork, screwdriver, warm water with eye droppers, and salt) laid out for her to undercover her buried frozen treasure.  I had her predict which tool she thought would work best.  She guessed the warm water.


She got right to work using all her tools except for the ice.  I convinced her to try it and the ice started cracking and melting away.  It was a great little science experiment and she loved rescuing all her toys.


Once her toys her safe, I had her put drops of food coloring on the ice.  It was awesome to watch the colors go down into the cracks she had made.  Here is a picture of her colorful ice mound.



5 Responses to “Hidden Ice Treasure”

  1. Deborah Stewart

    That is really an awesome science project…I love how the colors went down into the cracks too!

    January 5th, 2010 at 6:09 pm
  2. Wonder Mom

    Love the idea! What a great way to utilize the cold weather!

    January 8th, 2010 at 12:53 pm
  3. jennifer

    That is a fun idea. My daughter would love that. I think it would be fun in my preschool class too.
    Thanks for sharing.

    January 8th, 2010 at 8:24 pm
  4. Marcy

    What a great idea! It would be a great addition to my experiential table in my classroom

    January 23rd, 2010 at 2:33 pm
  5. Amie

    Love the idea! I’m going to incorporate it into my Winter unit in January in my Prek class. Thank you SOO much!

    December 28th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

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