Plastic containers, one per child
Gloves and mittens
Salt shaker with salt
Chart paper and marker
Instructions:1. Have children fill small containers of different sizes with water and place in a freezer
2. Remove ice from containers and place in the water table.
3. Point out how the ice took the shape of the containers.
4. Encourage children to build a castle with the ice. They will need gloves or mittens, and they
will need to cooperate with each other as each tries to stack his shape. Do the ice cubes
stack the same way blocks do?
5. Sprinkle the ice with a salt shaker. The salt helps the ice pieces stick together. Ask the children
if they know how this happens. Record their responses.
6. Ask the children if they can think of other ways to keep the pieces of ice together. Try a few.
More to do
Art: Freeze colored water in a cup with a stick. Children ice paint on porous paper.