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Ice Castle


Plastic containers, one per child
Water table
Gloves and mittens
Salt shaker with salt
Chart paper and marker


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.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Sand & Water
Topic: Weather
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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